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Old Jan 13, 2005, 12:04 AM   #1
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First the "abstract"....
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Old Jan 13, 2005, 12:07 AM   #2
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then the "real thing"... posted so you can see what "clusters" really is...
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Old Jan 13, 2005, 4:08 AM   #3
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Another one where I'm wondering how it would look if it were out of focus. So you'd just see circles but no detail.
I'm trying to figure out what it really is. Is it a plastic ball with small blobs of plastic or perhaps a decorated orange? You've certainly got me intrigued.
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Old Jan 13, 2005, 10:18 AM   #4
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that's awesome
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i like ferny's idea!
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Old Jan 13, 2005, 12:49 PM   #5
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it's a little plastic decoration made in the shape of an apple (a very SMALL apple) and covered with plastic bits to make it sparkle. part of a centerpiece decoration... shot with Panasonic DMC-FZ20 using a Nikon 6T close-up lens...

if you're really interested, i could probably blur the image and repost for you...
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Old Jan 13, 2005, 6:44 PM   #6
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here's a much 'softer' image, with the photo blurred to remove the really fine detail and soften the edges...
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Old Jan 13, 2005, 6:46 PM   #7
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and here's another take, using the 'edge detection' function in Irfanview...
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Old Jan 13, 2005, 10:58 PM   #8
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hey squirl...

what camera are you using?

your best bet (other than the great original photo) would be to get far away, and zoom in really far, and use your largest arperture (smallest number) and focus on something other than the subject...lol, something FARR away from the subject

so it throws it far out of focus...

now, this is best on a tripod...so you can shine a light..from nearly 70-80 degrees from the camera (not directly to the side of the subject..but a bit more from in front...

so there are bright highlights...

now...the more OOF those highlights get...it will make big circles...from the highlights..

it's very cool looking...and mixed with the color here, would look awesome!

it's worth a try

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Old Jan 13, 2005, 11:47 PM   #9
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i'm using a Panasonic DMC-FZ20. the original shot was taken from about a foot away at 2x zoom, f2.8 @ 1/60th, with flash. the macro was taken with the same settings, but using a Nikon 6T close-up lens with the zoom at 12x. i could probably figure a way to light it from the side or something, but at the time, i was just fooling with the 6T (i'd just gotten it the day before) to see what it would do.
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Old Jan 14, 2005, 1:16 AM   #10
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I would like a nice sharp photo if the cluster-thing would respond to a good washing. That's the problem with macro, the dust gets bigger too.
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