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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Olympus 740UZ
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Crystals and Minerals [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-02-25 3:36
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I envied Joanna and decided to posted something from mineralogy also :-) Quartz crystals. Photo was taken last autumn in Intersone 2004 Exhibition in Lodz. Twice a year there is big exhibition in my city called Interstone. There are hundreds of exhibitors with fossils, crystals, jewelry, minerals. We love it! Joanna od course likes jewelry more, I prefer fossils. Not even you can watch but also buy those treasures. Prices are much lesser than in any jewelry shop. I could write about Interstone for hours - if you like my photo I will send more from this genre and also write more about Interstone.

Quartz is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth's crust. It has a hexagonal crystal structure made of trigonal crystallized silica (silicon dioxide, SiO2), with a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale. Density is 2.6g/cm³. The typical shape is a six-sided prism that ends in six-sided pyramids, although these are often distorted, or so massive that only part of the shape is apparent from a mined specimen. Additionally a bed is a common form, particularly for varieties such as amethyst, where the crystals grow up from a matrix and thus only one termination pyramid is present. A quartz geode consists of a hollow rock (usually with an approximately spherical shape) with a core lined with a bed of crystals.

Quartz is also a type of piezoelectric crystal that creates electricity through a process called piezoelectricity when mechanical stress is put upon it. One of the earliest uses for a quartz crystal was a phonograph pickup. Today, one of the most ubiquitous piezoelectric uses of quartz is as a crystal oscillator -- in fact these oscillators are often simply called "quartzes".

Info from Wikipedia.

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So...you guys like stones,huh?LordPotty 2 02-25 06:22
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Awesome visual experience. So many reflections, shapes, angles and different clarities. Wonderful magical image Greg. Very special. Thanks for sharing.

Wow, heavy reading there Greg. So this is quartz crystals? Lovely colours on the blue base. So they just lie there loose in the earth or a hollow rock do they? And how big is one of those shown here? Interesting.

Great photo. I miss next Interstone and new jewerly :-))))

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-02-25 4:53]

Great Idea to post those Quartz crystals, Grzegorz.
Excellent picture with an informative note.

Great post Greg.
This image is so crystal clear.A perfect shot.
Quartz crystals are lying all over the ground where we are moving to.There is a walking track on the mountain behind our house where there is a huge white quartz outcrop metres wide that you have to walk over!

I like this very much...you have done a great job photographing the crystals. Very interesting and informative note as well. It is also believed by some that quartz crystals have mystical healing properties as well.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-02-25 6:39]

So you decided to steal Joanna's idea?? ;)Excellent macro. You did very well. TFS!

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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
  • [2005-02-25 7:20]

Hi Grzegorz,

What a beautifull sparkling photo. You showed all details of the cristals, very good.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-02-25 7:53]

crystal macro!Good choice...The way you made this shot makes it interesting.Well done

That's what you have to offer to Joanna Greg!
Great visual effect, and very good light.
Well done.

It's great shot. I think cropping it a little to loose a view of blue box make it abstractand more interesting. Regards, Astrid

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-02-25 11:21]

The lighting and refelections in this shot make it very interesting Greg. You got perfect detail and very interesting notes. Very well done

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-02-25 14:33]

Awesome pic. Excelent composition and details. Crisp, clean lines are achieved and very well done.


Greg, Very nice visual effect/impact. Excellent write-up..Interesting stuff! Thanx!

I don't know if it was easy to manage for a good shot in the exhibition, but the result is outstanding, considering the low speed and large aperture. Wonderful colors, exposure and details precision. Very well done, mixing information and art. Grzegorz.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-02-26 3:48]

Bardzo ladna, czysta fotografia - ostro i kolorowo. Podobnie jak u Joanny. Dobry opis. Podoba siê.

Great post Grzegorz, the play of light upon the crystals is beautiful...very nice.

Deffinatley different sort of image Grzegorz , the light refraction is good, though for me I would be tempted to crop a little tighter top and bottom ,maybe even to a square so the eye does not stray off the edges.
it is good to see some thing different TFS

This quartz is incredibly well cristalized. I have seen a lot of it, but I think never with this perfect transparencie. Interesting subject, well brought to us. Thanks.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-03-01 12:54]

Faantastic shot,Great reflection&excellent light.

I like this a lot, Greg. Great initiative taken and the light plays so nicely on the facets. Excellent shot. Very well done.

Great repeating pattern composition. The lighting accentuates the hexagonal shape wonderfully.

A very facinating photo, when I was younger I loved learning all about the minerals in the earth. This shot looks like it could be in a book showing the different types of "rocks" on this earth. Well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-03-12 21:33]

Grzegorz, this is very beautiful. Excellent sharpness and vivid colors. I'd say it's a... brilliant shot.


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