View 203: Look into My Crystal Ball

A crystal ball is believed by some people to aid in the performance of clairvoyance like witches and wizards.  I was introduced to how to use them photographically by Auburn Photography Club member Don.

Clinton Square in Syracuse, New York through a Crystal Ball.

Clinton Square in Syracuse, New York through a Crystal Ball. Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/80s, f/18, ISO 200, EV +0.7, 300mm focal length.

Here are some tips for using a crystal ball in photography:

1. Things are upside down or inverted when looking through a crystal ball so you must flip them in your photo editor (see below).

Clinton Square through a crystal ball without flipping.2. Focus sharply on the crystal ball image and let the background go out of focus.

3. If you can not levitate the crystal ball (man, I wish I could learn how to do that!), find a secure place for the crystal ball.  An assistant to hold it would be perfect (see Don’s photos).

4. Lens choice is up to you but one’s that can focus closely are easier to use.

5. Be careful when using a crystal ball in the Sun.  They get very hot, very fast!

6. Find an interesting subject like maybe a fantasy castle.

Cinderella Castle through a crystal ball in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.

Cinderella Castle through a crystal ball in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/200, f/7.1, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 68mm focal length.

If you would like to procure your own crystal ball, check out the Crystal Company and have some fun!

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27 Responses to View 203: Look into My Crystal Ball

  1. Simone says:

    These are so cool! I especially love the last one, wonderful bokeh going on in that 🙂

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  2. Barbara says:

    Great stuff! Like dewdrops and raindrops on steroids!

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  3. Sybil says:

    So wonderful. Wish I had an SLR. I’m very limited in what I can do, as I have no control over focus. Sigh …

    Nevertheless, I want a crystal ball

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  4. kanniduba says:

    OMG!!! WANT WANT WANT WANT WANT!!!
    I am SO putting this on my Christmas List!
    These photos are so COOL!! 🙂

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  5. Karma says:

    Way cool! Really neat idea! Ditto what KD said up there!

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  6. Kathy says:

    You mean you haven’t learned to levitate your crystal ball? C’mon, Scott, it’s a cinch! (I mean, some people say it’s a cinch…I didn’t even know there was a crystal ball photography-thing you could do!)

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  7. Sweet! I almost bought one of those crystal balls in NYC years ago, but I could see the seam inside it and felt that it had to be kind of a fake. Now I’m wishing I’d gone ahead and bought it.

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  8. milkayphoto says:

    I can only echo what others have written – Super cool stuff, Scott! The last one is killer. 🙂

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  9. Gerry says:

    You have way better toys than i do. I wanna come play at your house.

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  10. Nye says:

    I never knew, this is so neat. I love the last image.

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  11. SOOOO Cool! I want a crystal ball, too!

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  12. Deanna says:

    I left the blogosphere for a while, but glad I came back to check on you. I love the crystal ball shots! Of course now I want one of my very own.

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