Thumb of 2020-11-05/GaNinFl/661eb3@GaNinFl submitted this image in the Miscellaneous category of the The 2020 Garden.org Photo Contest .
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Dec 6, 2020 7:45 PM CST
Name: Dirt
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Fabulous photo Stan!
Congratulations Hurray!

This is so very neato! I am just dying to know--is it a bubble or a droplet and how in the world did you do it???
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Dec 6, 2020 8:22 PM CST
Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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I asked him that in a private message. He said it was a special spherical lens. Cool!
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Dec 6, 2020 8:23 PM CST
Name: Zoë
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
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Yes, please tell! Thumbs up

Edit, crossed with Laurie. Thanks!
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Dec 6, 2020 9:06 PM CST
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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Oh, so like a magical glass ball then...way cool! Thumbs up
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Dec 7, 2020 10:47 AM CST
Name: Sasha Palmer
Baltimore, MD (Zone 7b)
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This was certainly a one of a kind image, congrats!
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Dec 8, 2020 11:08 AM CST
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I have a friend that has a lens like that, he had fun with it creating some very cool looking shots!
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Dec 8, 2020 2:14 PM CST
Name: Stan
Florida Panhandle (Defuniak Sp (Zone 8b)
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I sure wish I could capture a water droplet photo like that.
So the confession is that it is an actual lens ball. Which, is a hardened and polished crystal. Used in the correct light and setting it will yield some great photos.

Here's another couple. For you all to view. I hope you enjoy them.

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Stan
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Dec 8, 2020 2:41 PM CST
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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Gorgeous, Stan! Thanks for sharing!
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Dec 8, 2020 3:06 PM CST
Name: Stan
Florida Panhandle (Defuniak Sp (Zone 8b)
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Thanks Karen!
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Dec 8, 2020 7:12 PM CST
Name: Dirt
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Very Cool Stan!
You did a great job with it Thumbs up
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Dec 8, 2020 8:49 PM CST
Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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Oh, I see! I thought it was a lens for the camera! Thanks for the photos! Smiling
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Dec 9, 2020 7:32 AM CST
Name: Stan
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Dec 9, 2020 8:59 AM CST
Name: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
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Thanks for the link Stan. Yes, it was me that thought it was a water droplet, and I'll say it again, marvelous photo and I'm so gonna have to try this. I ordered my son another photograpy nut, like his mom, a lens ball for Christmas, his wife says he'll love it, but she might have to play around with it first Hilarious! . Thumbs up Thumbs up
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Dec 9, 2020 10:56 AM CST
Name: Stan
Florida Panhandle (Defuniak Sp (Zone 8b)
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Thanks you and you're welcome Sherri @sunkissed!

I'm positive they both will enjoy it. perhaps you can get one of your own or just borrow your sons. Whistling
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Dec 11, 2020 8:23 AM CST
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Stan, it is all your fault!! Smiling
I thought your picture was really neat and interesting!! Lovey dubby And so I had to get myself a Christmas present, it came yesterday already!! I am looking forwards to playing with it! I was amazed how sturdy and heavy the lens/glass ball is.
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Dec 11, 2020 5:17 PM CST
Name: Stan
Florida Panhandle (Defuniak Sp (Zone 8b)
Photo Contest Winner 2020 Photo Contest Winner 2019 Region: Florida Region: Gulf Coast Enjoys or suffers hot summers Garden Photography
Keeps Horses Daylilies Lilies Hummingbirder Dog Lover Butterflies
Ursula, congratulations and I'm sure we will all look forward to seeing some of those photos. Thumbs up
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Dec 11, 2020 6:28 PM CST
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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I tried today! Mind you I am not a good photographer, I usually just take pictures mostly for documentation. This was/is really fun!
Shall I pop my pics into this thread?

Stan, here they are - The Old Red Mill seemed a good subject to test the waters. I used my IPhone 11 and need to play more with this.
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or turned around
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Thanks so much, your sphere is inspiring!
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Dec 13, 2020 6:36 PM CST
Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
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Very cool!
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Dec 14, 2020 3:13 PM CST
Name: Stan
Florida Panhandle (Defuniak Sp (Zone 8b)
Photo Contest Winner 2020 Photo Contest Winner 2019 Region: Florida Region: Gulf Coast Enjoys or suffers hot summers Garden Photography
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Ursula, those are sooo good! Hurray! Thumbs up Thumbs up Acorn
Stan
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Dec 14, 2020 3:45 PM CST
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Smiling thanks so much!! Even an acorn, how truly nice!!
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