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PostPosted: Jun 28, 2010 16:26    Post subject: Re: What are your favorite specimens?  

Carles Millan wrote:
It would be of great help if you could provide their sizes as well.
And the localities, please ...
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PostPosted: Jun 28, 2010 17:02    Post subject: Re: What are your favorite specimens?  

Carles Millan wrote:
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My collection is pretty modest, but I have my favorite specimens as the next guy :-)

It would be of great help if you could provide their sizes as well.


Sure,

- Tourmaline with flourite is about 6cm. Afganistán.
- Garnet on Muscovite, 7cm. Tanzania.
- Green Tourmaline, 8,5cm. Pederneira Mine, Brasil.

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PostPosted: Sep 28, 2010 04:07    Post subject: Re: What are your favorite specimens?  

An acquisition from Denver this year is my current favorite.


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Quartz with papagoite.
Messina mine, Messina District, Limpopo Province, South Africa
Specimen size 6.5 x 7.5 cm.
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PostPosted: Sep 28, 2010 05:19    Post subject: Re: What are your favorite specimens?  

That is one of the most attractive specimens of this material that I have seen. Very nice catch!
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PostPosted: Sep 28, 2010 06:25    Post subject: Re: What are your favorite specimens?  

John,

Thanks for the kind words. I was fortunate to have the dealer hold this piece for me till I got to Denver. I had been looking for a specimen for quite some time, and never imagined that I would end up with such an amazing cluster.

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PostPosted: Sep 28, 2010 07:01    Post subject: Re: What are your favorite specimens? - (8)  

am mizunaka wrote:
An acquisition from Denver this year is my current favorite.


what a killer!
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PostPosted: Apr 21, 2017 15:06    Post subject: Re: What are your favorite specimens? - (8)  

I know this thread is really old, but hey! let's see if we can reignite it.

I bought this piece last year. I looked through four flats of yellow fluorite from Aouli,Morocco to find it. I spent about ten minutes scouring through them. They were all rather nice but nothing really wowed me. then, in the final flat a glint of orange caught my eye across the sea of yellow. I picked it up and examined it. It was a group of pristine, translucent crystals growing on a bed of orange chalcedony.
I bought it straight away for only £4.80

it isn't particularly rare or special but it always makes me smile when I look at it.



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 Mineral: Fluorite on Chalcedony
 Locality:
Aouli, Midelt Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 30x25x25mm
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PostPosted: Apr 22, 2017 01:36    Post subject: Re: What are your favorite specimens?  

I love those yellow fluorites from Morocco, seems to be a really nice specimen that would deserve a much better photo ;-)
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PostPosted: Apr 22, 2017 10:36    Post subject: Re: What are your favorite specimens?  

Tobi wrote:
I love those yellow fluorites from Morocco, seems to be a really nice specimen that would deserve a much better photo ;-)


yeah, sorry about the photo. I haven't had much experience photographing minerals.
have you got any advice?
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PostPosted: Apr 22, 2017 12:37    Post subject: Re: What are your favorite specimens?  

clarkymk wrote:
Tobi wrote:
I love those yellow fluorites from Morocco, seems to be a really nice specimen that would deserve a much better photo ;-)

Yeah, sorry about the photo. I haven't had much experience photographing minerals.
have you got any advice?

Here you have a good tutorial: Tutorial to do better photos of minerals by Xiao-dong
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PostPosted: Apr 23, 2017 02:39    Post subject: Re: What are your favorite specimens and how to shoot them ;-)  

Jordi Fabre wrote:
clarkymk wrote:
Tobi wrote:
I love those yellow fluorites from Morocco, seems to be a really nice specimen that would deserve a much better photo ;-)
Yeah, sorry about the photo. I haven't had much experience photographing minerals. have you got any advice?
Here you have a good tutorial: Tutorial to do better photos of minerals by Xiao-dong
That tutorial is really professional and demands some time and a special editing software. I think you could improve your fluorite photo much more basically: Just take a background that has one colour (try white and black) and use your camera in a way that the photo is not that fuzzy but more focused (maybe more light and moer distance between specimen and camera). Good luck, I hope to see the fine fluorite literally in a new light :-)

Here are some examples from my collection that prove that you don't necessarily need special software to make quite good mineral photos. The following pictures were made only with a simple digital camera, white paper or black fabric as background, natural light from above and some minor post-editing to enhance the contrast or to regulate the colour (often too pale on the photo) to make it look like the original specimen.

If it doesn't work, don't give up! Shooting minerals is a process of trial and error ... with many errors ;-) The following photos are my best ones, most of them took me many attempts. And, believe it or not when you look at these rather good photos, there are still some specimens in my collection that I never managed to shoot, only crappy photos exist that make those minerals look much worse than they are. Nevertheless, even a rather untalented phototographer like me with a simple 150 € Canon camera, the most simple software (Microsoft Office Picture Manager) and without any further equipment (no lamps, no mirrors, just using daylight from above) sometimes has the fortune of getting some shots like this:



PicherGAL.JPG
 Mineral: Galena
 Locality:
Picher Field, Tri-State District, Ottawa County, Oklahoma, USA
 Dimensions: Specimen size 9 cm
 Description:
 Viewed:  4852 Time(s)

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BadenweilerDET.JPG
 Mineral: Mimetite
 Locality:
Haus Baden Mine, Sehringen, Badenweiler mining area, Badenweiler, Black Forest, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
 Dimensions: FOV 3,5 cm
 Description:
 Viewed:  4854 Time(s)

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jinkouhe.JPG
 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Jinkouhe District, Leshan Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
 Dimensions: Specimen size 9 cm
 Description:
 Viewed:  4862 Time(s)

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SmallcleughGAL.JPG
 Mineral: Galena, Dolomite
 Locality:
Smallcleugh Mine, Nenthead, Alston Moor District, North Pennines Orefield, former Cumberland, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom
 Dimensions: Specimen size 8,5 cm
 Description:
 Viewed:  4854 Time(s)

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DalnCAL2.JPG
 Mineral: Calcite
 Locality:
Verkhnii Mine, Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia
 Dimensions: Specimen size 7,5 cm
 Description:
 Viewed:  4856 Time(s)

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KellySMITH-Kopie.JPG
 Mineral: Smithsonite
 Locality:
Kelly Mine, Magdalena, Magdalena District, Socorro County, New Mexico, USA
 Dimensions: Specimen size 7 cm
 Description:
 Viewed:  4841 Time(s)

KellySMITH-Kopie.JPG



BulgZINK.JPG
 Mineral: Sphalerite, Quartz
 Locality:
Krushev dol Mine, Madan mining area, Rhodope Mountains, Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria
 Dimensions: Specimen size 7 cm
 Description:
 Viewed:  4858 Time(s)

BulgZINK.JPG



OrangeRiver.JPG
 Mineral: Quartz (variety amethyst)
 Locality:
Orange River, Warmbad, Karasburg District, Karas Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: Specimen size 5 cm
 Description:
 Viewed:  4856 Time(s)

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KavaFLUO.JPG
 Mineral: Fluorite, Quartz, Calcite
 Locality:
Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia
 Dimensions: Specimen size 7 cm
 Description:
 Viewed:  4853 Time(s)

KavaFLUO.JPG



cruzelb_125.jpg
 Mineral: Elbaite
 Locality:
Cruzeiro Mine, São José da Safira, Governador Valadares, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: Specimen size 4 cm
 Description:
 Viewed:  4863 Time(s)

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XiangFLUO.JPG
 Mineral: Fluorite, Calcite
 Locality:
Xianghualing Mine, Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
 Dimensions: Specimen size 9 cm
 Description:
 Viewed:  4868 Time(s)

XiangFLUO.JPG



HuanMAGN.JPG
 Mineral: Magnetite
 Locality:
Cerro Huañaquino, Paco Grande, Tomás Frías Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia
 Dimensions: Specimen size 9,5 cm
 Description:
 Viewed:  4860 Time(s)

HuanMAGN.JPG



TaouzVANA.JPG
 Mineral: Vanadinite
 Locality:
Taouz, Er Rachidia Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: Specimen size 4 cm
 Description:
 Viewed:  4852 Time(s)

TaouzVANA.JPG



VanaMIB.JPG
 Mineral: Vanadinite
 Locality:
Mibladen (Mibladen mining district), Midelt, Midelt Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: Specimen size 3 cm
 Description:
 Viewed:  4837 Time(s)

VanaMIB.JPG



LamWULF.JPG
 Mineral: Wulfenite
 Locality:
Erupción Mine (Ahumada Mine), Los Lamentos Mountain Range, Municipio Ahumada, Chihuahua, Mexico
 Dimensions: Specimen size 6,5 cm
 Description:
 Viewed:  4842 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Dec 22, 2018 16:57    Post subject: Re: What are your favorite specimens? - (8)  

For everyone's 2018 holiday viewing pleasure here are several of my favorite specimens. The key unifying point here is that everyone was self-collected.

These examples are all still in my personal possession. ENJOY!

Again, happy holidays! BOB



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 Mineral: Calcite on Quartz
 Locality:
Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: Geode is close to 30 cm. The area of Calcites is about 20 cm.
 Description:
Self-collected about 2014. This example is now insured as part of several insured specimens.
 Viewed:  1317 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Millerite in Baryte and with Quartz
 Locality:
State Route 37 road cuts, Harrodsburg, Clear Creek Township, Monroe County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: Millerite strands are about 3 cm. The Barite is about 5.5 cm.
 Description:
Millerite penetrating thru a doubly terminated Barite crystal all on Quartz
Self-collected about 12 years ago.
 Viewed:  1321 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Millerite and Calcite on Quartz (variety chalcedony)
 Locality:
Harrodsburg area, Clear Creek Township, Monroe County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: Millerite strands are over 5 cm in length
 Description:
Collected at the roadside as a whole geode (hardly considered "field collecting"!) about 2005. Insured as part of my insured specimens.
 Viewed:  1320 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Calcite on Dolomite
 Locality:
State Route 56 road cut, Canton, Washington County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: Geode cavity is about 18 cm. The largest Calcite is about 4 cm
 Description:
Calcites on multicolored Dolomite
This example is very photogenic and, when found, did not need virtually any cleaning. Collected in January 2009.
 Viewed:  1320 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Baryte on Quartz
 Locality:
State Route 37 road cuts, Harrodsburg, Clear Creek Township, Monroe County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: Baryte is 6.0 cm in an 11 cm geode
 Description:
Perfectly terminated and positioned crystal at the "back" of the geode specimen. Collected about 2008.
 Viewed:  1314 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Celestine
 Locality:
Stoneco Quarry (Lime City Quarry), Lime City, Wood County, Ohio, USA
 Dimensions: The celestine is doubly terminated and about 6.5 cm.
 Description:
Celestine on limestone.Collected on a 2005 FoM, Midwest chapter, field trip to this quarry.
 Viewed:  1316 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Calcite and Sphalerite on Dolomite
 Locality:
State Route 56 road cut, Canton, Washington County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: The oval geode is about 20 cm while the Calcites range up to 5+ cm.
 Description:
Collected in 2011. Needed little cleaning as it, like others from this locality, were very fresh when collected.
 Viewed:  1318 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Calcite on Quartz
 Locality:
Washington County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: The geode is about 20 cm. The Calcites are about 2.5 cm.
 Description:
Private land, Washington County Indiana.
Collected in 2015. I also have the "cap" part of this example. Insured with my others. Also, as many of my larger specimens are, very photogenic.
 Viewed:  1318 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Dec 23, 2018 02:16    Post subject: Re: What are your favorite specimens? - (8)  

Very impressive specimens Bob, even more because they are self-collected! I understand that these are among your favourites, great finds!
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