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Nature's Sculptures

Nature's Sculptures
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Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-21
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Kodak EasyShare Z740
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/32 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Rocks of all shapes and sizes, Crystals and Minerals [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-21 10:37
Viewed: 4766
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I still have lots of deer shots that I could post but I thought I would have a change and post some natural objects where I find the structures attractive. These don't belong to me - I have borrowed them from a family member for the photos.


1,6,7 - Quartz: 1 is show in it's prismatic form (shot from above). Quartz is the most common mineral found on this planet. This is the natural form of silicon dioxide and can be found in a range of varieties and colours. 6 is smoky quartz and 7 is rose quartz (Mohs' scale of hardness: 7)

2 - Pyrites shown it it's cubic form. Common iron ore. Brassy yellow in colour, it is often called ‘fool's gold’ (hardness 6–6.5)

3 - Fossil Resin with insects

4 - Galena. A lead ore which often forms cubes with the corners rounded.

5 - Fossil coral

8 - Not sure on this I think it is Aragonite in it's 'sputnik' form. This is a form of calcium carbonate

9 - Another form of Calcium Carbonate, these are basicaly mini stalactites

On request for some lighting information - the translucent crystals were shot using a light box to light them from below. The others were shot using natural light (set up by a window)

RAP, extramundi, Alain_cdn, lovenature, red45, thor68, mikou, horia, wallhalla15, anavazao, coasties, blakitan, Juyona, jmp, lemoineth, ddg, marjan has marked this note useful
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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-10-21 10:42]

Very interesting presentation Karan... original as many of your post.

I like it a lot: idea, composition, POV, DOF, focus, sharpness, color, lighting, frame, notes.

I don't like it: nothing.

Thank you for an instructive sample of your talent.
Greetings... Ricardo

Each one of them is a great study shot. Congratulations for this collage, really. I will borrow Ricardos comment this time :) It is just what I think.
I added to Rocks theme, where you can find a lot on interesting minerals too.
OOPS, I wanted to add to minerals and no to rock, sorry for the mistake.
I wonder how I can get it out of rocks theme...
TFS, and regards.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-10-21 11:05]
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Hello Karan,
thank you for this nice collection of minerals and fossils. I think lighting is a critical point here because you have semi-translucent materials and others with glossy surfaces. Obviously, you used different modes of litghting for the several specimens. Perhaps, you can add some information on that for each picture!?
Best wishes, Peter

Beautifull pictures and presentation. Another fav for me.

Hi Karan
I just love these detailed shot of your rock collection. I love the lighting effect. Colours are wonderful. Your notes are good too.
TFS Janice

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-10-21 11:38]

Hello Karan

Another artistic and beautiful compilation.Each frame is well done with well saturated colours and excellent lighting.Poster like quality.A very imaginative posting.TFS


Hi Karan,
it's a wonderful arrangement, I love to see all these interesting minerals together.
Excellent work, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-10-21 12:14]

Hello Karan!

Excellent idea and realisation. Every picture is very good and interesting. My favourites are pyrite and coral. Good work!

bonjour karan
je n'y conait rien en mineraux mais en tout cas le travail de collage est excellent.

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-10-21 12:54]

what a wonderful idea and collage, karan! :-)
terrific and interesting composition of 9 superb shots.
i have some pyrit at home, too, i guess i will have to
take a few photos soon. *g*
well done & take care, thorsten.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-10-21 12:57]

Hi Karan.
Very good idea,perfectly worked.Every from pictures is splendid.Really excellent and instructive presentation.Well done!
Greetings Milos

Hi Karan,
beautiful composition, her is very surprising this nature!
I like the various geometries,
Good evening,

Hi Karan,
Superb mosaics photo.Exellent artwork. Beautiful composition.Regards.


Wonderful collage Karan. Excellent composition with great pictures. Very good job. Well done. Thank you for posting.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2006-10-21 16:28]

Cze¶ć. Fajna i ciekawa prezentacja. Dobre zdjęcia. Super pomysł i wykonanie.

Hi Karan

Wow... this is a great selection of shots. Each one is good quality. Excellent presentation. Congrats!

Hi Karan,
Great collection of photos on these 'sculptures'. All are very beautifully captured. Very well done.

Ben Lakitan

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-10-22 4:19]

Hello Karan

This is simply a fantastic idea! So original yet so simple!
Exellently taken - all of them - and so very well presented!
All of them look great, with crispy details, super reflection and colors.
A truely 5* post!
Congratulations! My hat's of to you!

Bravo, TFS and have a great weekend!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-10-22 4:42]

Eres genial Karan, tienes unas ideas brillantes y muy originales, saludos, y disfruta de una buena semana.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-10-22 11:16]

Hi Karan,
Minerals scultures are a great Nature Art. Carefully selected, well illuminated, different textured, ... A great collage!
TFS, José M.

Bel assortiment de roche pour un géologue. Thomas

I agree mineral world is being overlooked as nature's aspect sometimes in here. Wonderful images you brought to us, Karan!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-10-24 8:45]

Bonjour Karan, excellent presentation of this "jewels" of nature. Good idea to do that!! Wery instructive. Well done, Didier.

Hi friend,
Great collection of shot's!
Perfect POV, light, composition and sharpness!
Take care Ana:)

Hello Karan,

A very nice array of impressive images showing objects of nature not frequently seen by most of us.

Best regards,


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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2006-11-10 15:06]

this mosaic is excelent. good and HQ photos. I like your stile. Excelent and useful notice. TFS

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