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C R Y S T A L P L A N E T
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
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C R Y S T A L P L A N E T

"Look deep in to my crystal ball ..."

A crystal globe I borrowed from a friend at work just so I could take this shot.

If you want to know the secrets of the pic, all one has to do is ask, and the keeper of the orb will reveal all ...


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Isabel L
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    Hmmmmm very interesting shot Beau!
I really like the colors in the shot and the lighting.
How did you do this??

8/30/2004 12:38:38 AM

 
Beau Hudspeth Photography
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THE "HOW TO":

I created a small box from foamcore stock so that I could control the light as well as reduce the amount of shadows cast by the lighting - the foam core is good and reflective without creating harsh lines.

The light stand is a spare mic stand that I have in my studio so I put it to work. The lights are a 500wt halogen and two 60wt desk lamps place in the front and rear of the subject in order to reduce shadows and give a greater overall brightness to the pic.

Behind the ball is some black fabric to help reduce the background light generated by the foamcore box.

The rainbow was created by placing the ball on top of an old CD. The reflections it cast off were transmitted through the ball and gave it the light spectrum you see here.

I did some minor adjustments in Photoshop to reduce the contrast between the bright & dark areas as well as one of my trademark steps. And because you asked, here it is:

I duplicated the main layer, gave it a gaussian blur of 35 or so and then set it's layer mode to screen. This helps to do two things: 1) it brightens the overall look of the picture and 2) supplies it with a subtle "soft focus" effect.

Flatten, downsample, add a border and there you have it!

8/30/2004 1:09:10 AM

 
Beau Hudspeth Photography
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Here is a shot of the layout above ...

8/30/2004 9:02:52 AM

 
Susana Heide
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Awesome close up! Very creative way of using a CD. Thanks for the explanation.

8/30/2004 11:39:07 AM

 
Donald K. Cherry
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This is a very nice and creative close-up image, Beau. I like the comp, colors and detail, however, it looks a little too "hot" around the S for my liking!

12/28/2006 3:20:59 AM

 
Beau Hudspeth Photography
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Thank you for the compliment!

As for the brightness, I agree, but as it is, that portion of the images has been darkened some in order to make the text appear at all -- it was originally fairly blown-out. :)

12/28/2006 3:34:59 AM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Very creative finalist image, congratulations!!!!!

1/24/2007 7:27:37 PM

 
Beau Hudspeth Photography
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Thank you Donna! I appreciate it

1/24/2007 7:29:33 PM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations on your finalist. Good luck in the next round.

1/25/2007 9:45:29 AM

 
Beau Hudspeth Photography
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Thank you Kay; I will keep my fingers crossed!

1/25/2007 11:26:41 AM

 
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Nicely done

1/25/2007 2:41:56 PM

 
Beau Hudspeth Photography
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Thank you! It is always a pleasure when the powers that be comment on your images! I greatly appreciate it.

1/25/2007 2:45:16 PM

 
Steve M. Harrington
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Good on you, Beau! Well deserved.
Steve

1/25/2007 7:25:08 PM

 
Beau Hudspeth Photography
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Hey, thanx Steve! It's hard to believe that I took this image almost 3.25 years ago!

1/25/2007 7:40:28 PM

 
Susana Heide
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I loved this image from the first time I saw it!!! Well done! Many CONGRATS Beau!!

1/25/2007 8:31:13 PM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations on your second place winner.

1/25/2007 8:34:37 PM

 
Beau Hudspeth Photography
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Thank you Susana & Kay. Keeping my fingers crossed seemed to work!

1/25/2007 8:48:28 PM

 
Janine Russell
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Beau, congratulations on your Second Place Win.

1/26/2007 10:16:05 AM

 
Beau Hudspeth Photography
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Thank you Janine! There was a lot of really good competition this round.

1/26/2007 11:21:33 AM

 
Remi Trepanier
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Congrats on you winner Beau. Awesome picture and colors.!!!

1/27/2007 4:55:07 PM

 
Beau Hudspeth Photography
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Thanks Sir! You too!

1/27/2007 5:01:48 PM

 
Shelly A. Van Camp
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This is sooo cool!!! Super work and thanks for telling us how to do it.....Not that I could! lol

10/21/2008 11:14:44 AM

 
Beau Hudspeth Photography
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Sure you could. Knowledge is power and you now have it! Go experiment!

Thanx for the praise!

10/21/2008 2:03:20 PM

 
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