This is called Selective Color. In the process of learning how to use a Crystal Ball for Photography, I learned by some trial & error, on how to color just part of the Image I have taken. I tend to like doing this, even though their are different steps to do in Post processing. The Image just does not come out like this.
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I took my camera gear “out there” today, because the weather was just great. I had my 3″ Crystal Lens Ball with me so decided to get some practice in using it with the camera.
I had to set up my Tripod, and attach my Pentax K10d with a Rokinon 14mm 2.5 Lens. I also needed my Remote Shutter Trigger. Since the 14mm Rokinon does not have a zoom feature to it, I had to move the Crystal Ball at different positions, find the best position, and focus on that. Holding a Crystal Ball that is 3″ in Diameter, focus the camera, and then press the remote shutter takes a bit of practice to do. Before this shot was taken, I did it 5 times before this to get it right.
Now, when you shoot this, the Image in the Crystal Ball is not like you see here. It’s inverted. It’s up-side down, because of lens refraction. Then I have to put the Image into Photoshop CC and just rotate the part I want up-right. I was not good at this, so again, I had to keep on trying until I got this correct. This was the result.
This one was taken before I learned how to rotate just the Crystal Ball and not the whole Image.
“Out There” with my Lens Ball yesterday doing some practice. I have found a way to shoot the Ball and get a better Image than before. Notice the Wood Posts in the foreground? Well, what I did was place Ball on the Post where it would stay in place without rolling off. Then set my Pentax to shoot thru the Ball using my 80-300mm Tamron Lens. It seem’d to work better than trying to hold the Ball in one hand, and focus the camera with the other! That did not work well for me.
This is much better. Taking a Image such as this is not real easy to do. Your Lens has to focus on the Image in the Ball . . . not what’s around it. Camera position, the light, and composition are just a few of what’s involved doing this. However, there is one problem that I have with this. The Image you have is up-side down! I have trouble with that. Don’t like it. The only way to fix this, is to turn the Image. That does not fair well either. Then the Ball is right, but the Post is reversed! Would look like the Ball is hanging/glued to the Post. I’ll work on this to see what can be done. Photoshop CC will fix this problem, but it’s a very involved process.
Doing more practice with my Lens Ball. I seem to like this version in B&W even though it should be turned right side up. Using my PSPX8 program I can easily turn it to show the small fishing boat behind the Lens Ball. However, by doing that, it can sometimes cause problems. I’m always trying to do better.
This afternoon the weather was just as good as it has been for the past 5 day’s. Nice, sunny, warm, and with plenty of blue sky. It is a total welcome change from all the rain, cold, windy, and cloudy weather we have had.
Anyway, I started admiring just how Blue the sky was and thought I’d try and get my Clear Lens Ball and do some practice with it. Had to set up my Tripod and place the camera on it and hold the Ball in the other. Set the camera for a 10 sec. delay, so I had a bit of time to get the right position. This was my 1st shot. The Clear Ball is 3 in. in Diameter and a bit heavy to hold with just one hand, and keep it steady!
I took this with my Nikon Coolpix P600. It is a great little camera that can be used for things like this. I’m going to be playing with this more and see what else I can come up with.
I hope that you all have a Merry Christmas.
As I stated before, doing this Crystal Ball Photography is not all that easy. It takes practice to learn what you can do and what not to do!
For this, I set the Crystal on top of an old Tripod and set it up the way I thought would make a good Image. Then, using my good Tripod, I set the Pentax to Micro to get closer and used a Remote Shutter as not to blur the Image.
With a bit of correction in Lightroom CC this is what came out. I like it, but it could be better. I’m working on that! Next time I’m not going to use a Tripod for the Ball. Maybe I can use a natural setting like I see in other instructions. I have some idea’s.