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Back Yard Photographer – Glass Ball Experiments

Who knew using the glass ball could be so much fun?? Late winter I had taken some photos of the snow using the glass ball (earlier post), so naturally when spring came around I had to take some more photos with the glass ball. Hope you like these!

I tried capturing irises through the glass ball, but the experiment didn’t turn out like I had hoped. The composition was ok, but there were technical aspects that should have been better. Some more detailed editing would definitely improve these photos, but I wanted to show you the concept. And give you a few hints. The hints aren’t new, but they are a good visual of why you need to pay attention. πŸ™‚

Hint 1: When using the glass ball, having the sun behind you isn’t necessarily the best idea as it causes glare. (Yikes! My eyes burn a little when I look at this photo!)

Hint 2: Placement is EVERYTHING! Since the purpose of the photo is to capture the subject within the glass ball, cropping while editing can’t remove unwanted distractions because it takes away from the glass ball. In the photo below (and trust me – many more) the grill shows. This does NOT add to the composition I was going for! Yes, editing could be done to get to the photo I wanted, but it is always best to have near perfect photo before editing. It just simplifies things.

So, with some cropping (does take away from the point of the photo) and a little editing (removing the glare), here’s what I ended up with:

And this is why I titled this Glass Ball Experiments – some worked and some didn’t. I shall keep trying – practice, practice, practice!!! πŸ™‚

Thank you for stopping by and checking out my post!

All photos are originals by Kim Lawless

2 thoughts on “Back Yard Photographer – Glass Ball Experiments

  1. Great idea! I might have to try it. About reflections: sometimes when taking pictures of rabbits in the yard I’ve noticed that I get reflections of my house/surrounding landscape in their eyes. Who knew? 🐰

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