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Peter Whitfield / 510 items
I’ll leave it to you to divine what it is this time.

For Macro Mondays Red theme.

This idea has been lurking in my mind for quite a while now. That’s actually more impressive than it sounds as I am pretty convinced there is only room in there for two or three of them at any one time.

So an experiment. And you are the unwitting victim. Err... sorry.

As usual the endpoint wasn’t quite what I imagined but not far off this time, and quite a bit was discovered along the way.

While I was trying to put it all together I was reflecting (oops, sorry about the pun) about the paucity of options the modern diviner has these days. I mean, chicken entrails can not be had in modern supermarkets for love nor money.

And the advent of teabags has caused havoc. You really can’t say convincingly to a client “just hang on a moment while I rip open your teabag and we'll see what it says”. Gone are the days when you just swirled the Broken Orange Pekoe at the bottom of the porcelain and looked mystical and faraway…

And so that just leaves (excuse the pun... again) crystal balls...

Thank you for taking the time to look. I hope you enjoy the sweet kiss of the lipstick. Happy Macro Mondays :)

[Tripod mount; remote trigger; manual focus. My wonderful (aka cheap) A3 LED lightbox under two red acetate, reflector-patterned sheets (with a slight crack between); red card background.
The crystal ball (only the bottom half of it this visible in the top half of the image, the outer faint circle) on its carrier is 3 inches across, so cropped to less than this.
Developed in DxO Photolab 3 for colour and reduced clarity. Hefty Prime noise reduction.
Processed in Affinity Photo, reducing Clarity twice to soften everything and then sharpened with USM and two layers of High Pass/Linear Blend masking out the darker background to reduce noise.
Inpainting (healing) to get rid of blemishes, dust and stray reflections.
Dark vignette.]
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  • Taken: Dec 2, 2019
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  • Updated: Mar 27, 2020