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PostPosted: Dec 08, 2014 09:34    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobi  

Tobi wrote:
...it really depends on each specimen whether you get a good photo or not ...Tobi

Right!

There are photogenic and not photogenic specimens. Some pieces, no matter how long you spend trying to get a decent photo, are definitely not photogenic, and the task can often end with a nightmare. However, others can be successfully shot even by a 6-year old. The reason, I think, is that what your eyes see is quite different from what your camera sees.
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PostPosted: Dec 14, 2014 05:36    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobi  

Here's another new addition to my collection ... and sadly it is exactly one of those "problem childs" where you can try each and every light source and camera mode - and none of the photos looks good :-( However, I want to show that cute little garnet from Pakistan which looks actually better in person ...


ShigarXneu.JPG
 Mineral: Spessartine
 Locality:
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: Specimen size 2 cm, garnet crystal 1,5 cm
 Description:
 Viewed:  13523 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Dec 14, 2014 11:21    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobi  

Tobi wrote:
Here's another new addition to my collection ... and sadly it is exactly one of those "problem childs" where you can try each and every light source and camera mode - and none of the photos looks good :-( However, I want to show that cute little garnet from Pakistan which looks actually better in person ...

Actually the photo is not bad. Very well defined edges, and the faces hue is clearly distinctive. The near white matrix against a white background might be the only defect but after all the most interesting area is the garnet crystal, so the matrix doesn't matter at all.
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PostPosted: Dec 14, 2014 17:56    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobi  

Carles Millan wrote:
Tobi wrote:
Here's another new addition to my collection ... and sadly it is exactly one of those "problem childs" where you can try each and every light source and camera mode - and none of the photos looks good :-( However, I want to show that cute little garnet from Pakistan which looks actually better in person ...

Actually the photo is not bad. Very well defined edges, and the faces hue is clearly distinctive. The near white matrix against a white background might be the only defect but after all the most interesting area is the garnet crystal, so the matrix doesn't matter at all.


There are parts that either appear to be soft or out of focus and you can see the presence of noise/film-grain on the actual Spessartine. Could also be due to the white on white conflict.

The Garnet has an interesting appearance but I personally prefer those from Fujian Province and their associated minerals. It's still a nice example with good form and condition.
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PostPosted: Dec 15, 2014 12:40    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobi  

Vitaliy M. wrote:
The Garnet has an interesting appearance but I personally prefer those from Fujian Province and their associated minerals. It's still a nice example with good form and condition.
I also love those from Fujian: http://www.mindat.org/user-5297.html#2_0_0_0_0_0_wushan

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PostPosted: Dec 22, 2014 09:31    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobi  

I'm currently improving my personal Mindat.org gallery by replacing images with better ones, adding some information and deleting the worst specimens and photos. Here are some of the photos of specimens that were only shown in very poor picture quality before. These photos do justice to the specimens:


hohenstein1.JPG
 Mineral: Quartz (var. smoky quartz)
 Locality:
Erongorus 166 farm / Bergsig 167 farm, Karibib District, Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: Specimen size 11 cm, largest crystal 3,5 cm
 Description:
Grey "Gitterquarz" crystals on brown orthoclase
 Viewed:  13208 Time(s)

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Xianghuapu.JPG
 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Xianghuapu Mine, Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
 Dimensions: Specimen size 11,5 cm, largest crystal 4 cm
 Description:
Cluster of intergrown pale green fluorite cubes
 Viewed:  13183 Time(s)

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Yates.JPG
 Mineral: Fluorapatite
 Locality:
Yates Mine, Otter Lake, Pontiac RCM, Outaouais, Québec, Canada
 Dimensions: Specimen size 7 cm, largest crystal 3,3 cm
 Description:
Double-terminated fluorapatite crystal in calcite matrix
 Viewed:  13202 Time(s)

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Blanchard.JPG
 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Blanchard Mine (Portales-Blanchard Mine), Bingham, Hansonburg District, Socorro County, New Mexico, USA
 Dimensions: Specimen size 9 cm, largest crystal 1 cm
 Description:
Blue fluorite cubes on matrix
 Viewed:  13186 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Galena
 Locality:
Stahlberg Mine, Müsen, Siegerland, North Rhine-Westphalia/Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
 Dimensions: Specimen size 6 cm, largest crystal 1 cm
 Description:
Isolated galena crystals on matrix from an old Siegerland locality
 Viewed:  13190 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Dec 29, 2014 15:25    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobi  

Old specimen, but not shown before:


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 Mineral: Calcite
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Iraí, Alto Uruguai region, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
 Dimensions: Specimen size 10 cm, largest calcites 5,5 cm
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PostPosted: Dec 30, 2014 09:21    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobi  

More improved material:

I really wasn't satisfied with the poor photo of my new spessartine from Pakistan (see top of this page), so I tried hard and finally got another picture that is ok for me. I also made a better one from the other recently acquired garnet, the Loliondo spessartine from the previous page. The third photo is an old specimen, a fluorite from Wölsendorf/Bavaria, not yet shown in good photo quality.



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 Mineral: Spessartine
 Locality:
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: Specimen size 2,3 cm, garnet crystal 1,5 cm
 Description:
 Viewed:  13006 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Spessartine
 Locality:
Sangulungulu Hill (Nani Hill), Naan village, Loliondo, Ngorongoro District, Arusha Region, Tanzania
 Dimensions: Specimen size 5 cm, garnet crystal 1 cm
 Description:
 Viewed:  13016 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Marienschacht Mine, Wölsendorf, Schwarzach bei Nabburg, Wölsendorf West District, Upper Palatinate/Oberpfalz, Bavaria/Bayern, Germany
 Dimensions: Specimen size 7 cm, garnet crystal 1 cm
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PostPosted: Dec 30, 2014 12:19    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobi  

Interesting coloured fluorite. It reminds me of the Clay Center, Ohio fluorite in a lighter tone.

The quality on the Pakistan Spessartine is much better now but the matrix is largely soft with the details very blurred. The edges on the Spessartine are still soft (lack of diffusion?)
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PostPosted: Dec 30, 2014 12:40    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobi  

Vitaliy wrote:
Interesting coloured Fluorite. Reminds me of the Clay Center, Ohio Fluorite in a lighter tone.
Not only lighter, it is rather a different kind of colour: These "Honigspat" (= honey spar) fluorites from the famous Wölsendorf district in Bavaria really have a dark yellow colour like honey. And the ones from Clay Center, I never held one in my hands, but they are rather brown, right?

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The quality on the Pakistan Spessartine is much better now but the matrix is largely soft with the details very blurred. The edges on the Spessartine are still soft (lack of diffusion?)
I'm sorry but that's the best photo that my standard Canon DigiCam is able to make of this specimen. The contrast of a sharp-edged, nearly black crystal and the amorphous white matrix make it one of the most unphotogenic specimens in my collection. I'm sure that a perfect photo on a Jeff Scovil level is possible ... but that would require a professional top notch equipment instead of a 150 € DigiCam ;-)

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PostPosted: Dec 30, 2014 14:07    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobi  

Tobi wrote:
Vitaliy wrote:
Interesting coloured Fluorite. Reminds me of the Clay Center, Ohio Fluorite in a lighter tone.
Not only lighter, it is rather a different kind of colour: These "Honigspat" (= honey spar) fluorites from the famous Wölsendorf district in Bavaria really have a dark yellow colour like honey. And the ones from Clay Center, I never held one in my hands, but they are rather brown, right?

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The quality on the Pakistan Spessartine is much better now but the matrix is largely soft with the details very blurred. The edges on the Spessartine are still soft (lack of diffusion?)
I'm sorry but that's the best photo that my standard Canon DigiCam is able to make of this specimen. The contrast of a sharp-edged, nearly black crystal and the amorphous white matrix make it one of the most unphotogenic specimens in my collection. I'm sure that a perfect photo on a Jeff Scovil level is possible ... but that would require a professional top notch equipment instead of a 150 € DigiCam ;-)

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Tobi the reason it reminded me of Clay Center or Ohio Fluorite is really because of their shape and rarity. From what I heard there was a limited pocket found for the Fluorite and I don't normally see German fluorite either. The market is usually saturated with Fluorite from other localities such as China or England or American localities.

If you don't mind me asking what kind of Canon digital camera are you using. I am looking to buy a Canon as well soon hopefully and would like to see what kind you are using.

As always thanks for sharing.
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PostPosted: Dec 30, 2014 14:47    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobi  

Hello Tobi!
The spessartine is very beautiful. Maybe a darker background (gray) would fit better with the matrix. Anyway, your photos are very well.

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PostPosted: Dec 30, 2014 14:51    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobi  

Martin Rich wrote:
Hello Tobi!
The spessartine is very beautiful. Maybe a darker background (gray) would fit better with the matrix. Anyway, your photos are very well.

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That's a good suggestion actually. If it doesn't work well with a certain background due to conflicting lighter tones perhaps the background can be darkened.
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PostPosted: Dec 31, 2014 05:45    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobi  

Vitaliy wrote:
Tobi the reason it reminded me of Clay Center or Ohio Fluorite is really because of their shape and rarity. From what I heard there was a limited pocket found for the Fluorite and I don't normally see German fluorite either. The market is usually saturated with Fluorite from other localities such as China or England or American localities. If you don't mind me asking what kind of Canon digital camera are you using. I am looking to buy a Canon as well soon hopefully and would like to see what kind you are using.

It's a Canon Ixus 115 HS. Concerning the fluorites: There was a time when German fluorites came in masses, and the Wölsendorf district was one of the most important and largest fluorite mining areas in the world for some parts of the 20th century. But of course only a very small part of the endless masses of fluorspar was collectible stuff with honey-colour. This here is only a small and minor specimen from the main honigspat mine Marienschacht. Really large specimens (there were crystal edges up to 7 cm) are extremely expensive these days, even on the German market ...

Martin Rich wrote:
Hello Tobi! The spessartine is very beautiful. Maybe a darker background (gray) would fit better with the matrix. Anyway, your photos are very well. Martin
Vitaliy wrote:

That's a good suggestion actually. If it doesn't work well with a certain background due to conflicting lighter tones perhaps the background can be darkened.

Well guys, I tried different darker backgrounds yesterday, but the effect was only the reversal of the effect above: The matrix was captured very good but the crystal was blurry, so I decided to rather use a photo where it's reverse ;-)

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PostPosted: Dec 31, 2014 06:28    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobi  

Hi Tobi. I suppose I should be the last one to comment on back ground colours, but I only now use white for single crystals with a rich colour, eg. amethyst. Your photos are good. Perhaps someone should start a thread on choosing back ground colours. Best regards.
(PS! I quite liked you Avatar photo of the Peruvian Rhodo)

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PostPosted: Dec 31, 2014 06:56    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobi  

Hi Pierre,

I also loved the rhodo avatar, but I couldn't resist this very small version of the spessartine because in a 100 pixel size you don't see that it is still a bit blurry ;-)

I tried dark backgrounds several times but there are actually only two photos that I'd consider acceptable:



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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Jinkouhe District, Leshan Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
 Dimensions: Specimen height 9 cm
 Description:
 Viewed:  12809 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Topaz
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Thomas Range, Juab County, Utah, USA
 Dimensions: Specimen size 8 cm
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 Viewed:  12818 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Jan 11, 2015 08:06    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobi (new photo)  

Elbaite from Afghanistan:


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 Mineral: Elbaite
 Locality:
Paprok, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
 Dimensions: Specimen height 3,3 cm
 Description:
Typical bicoloured elbaite crystal from Paprok Mine in Afghanistan
 Viewed:  12259 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Jan 31, 2015 10:01    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobi  

Purple fluorite cubes together with brownish siderite on gray quartz crystals. From Sauberg Mine near Ehrenfriedersdorf, Saxony. Specimen size 8,5 cm.


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 Mineral: Fluorite, siderite, quartz
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Sauberg Mine, Ehrenfriedersdorf, Erzgebirgskreis, Saxony/Sachsen, Germany
 Dimensions: Specimen size 8,5 cm, largest fluorite 6 mm
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PostPosted: Jan 31, 2015 10:13    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobi  

One of the most desired things among the variety of German minerals: Brown pyromorphite from Rosenberg Mine near Bad Ems, specimen size 6 cm.


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 Mineral: Pyromorphite
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Rosenberg Mine, Braubach, Bad Ems District, Lahn Valley, Rhineland-Palatinate/Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
 Dimensions: Specimen size 6 cm, largest pyromorphite 7 mm
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PostPosted: Jan 31, 2015 10:44    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobi  

Twinned fluorite on a matrix of smaller fluorite crystals. From Beihilfe Mine near Freiberg, Saxony. Specimen size 6 cm.


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 Mineral: Fluorite
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Beihilfe Mine, Halsbrücke, Freiberg District, Erzgebirgskreis, Saxony/Sachsen, Germany
 Dimensions: Specimen size 6 cm, larger twin measures 3 cm
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