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Old Apr 28, 2004, 7:45 PM   #1
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This is a macro of my Galileo thermometer. I focused more on the glass balls than the golden temperature tags. Not sure if that was a good or a bad thing. I love the colors and shapes in this thermometer!
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Old Apr 28, 2004, 8:20 PM   #2
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The colors are gorgeous, but I keep trying to find something that's in focus. Are you sure you focused on the glass?
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Old Apr 28, 2004, 8:26 PM   #3
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I did, Barb. Did I fail? This was really hard to focus on - the camera couldn't auto-focus, given the many layers of glass and liquid in everything - so I did my best with eyesight - and even did a timed shutter release so as not to move the camera. It still looked a little blurry so in PE2, I copied and pasted the two bulbs in the center onto two additional layers - the middle layer I applied a gaussian blur because I like the way it highlights. And the top layer I did an unsharp mask, opacity about 87%. I may play with it more later because I just love this thermometer!
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Old Apr 28, 2004, 8:39 PM   #4
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I've run into that same sort of problem with auto-focus. Sometimes I can catch it if I find a strong vertical and place it dead-center in the focusing square...but not always. If you're really close to the object, sometimes you can let the camera think it's in focus, then move it forward or backward while holding the shutter button halfway down and watching until you've got it focused where you want it.
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Old Apr 28, 2004, 8:48 PM   #5
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I tried that - I had "center focus" selected (rather than auto or my selection of 9 grid areas) and it indicated I had it in focus. If this is going to be another one like the candle shot in "evidence" I give up right now........

.......or maybe not.....
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do you have manual focus?
those look soo cool....i'd have taken pictures of them already if i had them....lol
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Old Apr 28, 2004, 10:56 PM   #7
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Focus - pokus! The colors reflecting from one globe to the next do it for me.

I've got one of those! I never really looked at it so "close and personal" before. I'll have to take a picture of it. The colors make it very interesting indeed. My wife is going to think I'm nuts when I go around the house taking close ups of everything.
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hmm....how big are these? they look so big here......i'm guessing they are smaller than they look....
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The thermometer itself is a small version - about 18" high, 2" across. The balls are smaller than golf-ball-size.
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