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Tim has been interested in photography for many years. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology and a Master's in Environmental Science. Writing nature articles allows him to combine his interest in photography and nature into one medium.

Macro Shots of Polished Rocks

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Macro Photo of Polished Rocks

Macro Photo of Polished Rocks

It’s been really cold here this weekend, so I decided to play around with “light painting” (which I posted about yesterday) and macro photography.  Here’s a few shots of some rocks I polished a few years ago.  I haven’t identified these rocks, so I don’t really know what they are.

I shot these using my Tokina 100 mm macro lens mounted on an Adorama focusing rail.  For lighting, I used a couple of LED lights with adjustable necks from Ikea (I bought a third one there, but it doesn’t work so it has to go back).  I’ve done a little bit of macro work, but I’m hoping to focus on it during the cold weather.

When I was actively polishing rocks, I really enjoyed the whole process.  Unfortunately, the cost of electricity here in Connecticut is extremely high (second only to Hawaii, but I wouldn’t doubt that we’ll be number one soon), so it really wasn’t very practical since the polishing machines run 24 hours a day for days and weeks on end.  On well, it was fun while it lasted and I have several polished rocks now as willing subjects for macro photography.

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