Mar 292010

Any guesses on what this is? No… not it’s not a MOMA abstract painting. It’s a macro view of of a piece of  blue glass slag that I found at the Rock Shop.  Please looke at the large print to really appreciate it.  What do you see in it?

This is processed… First I did the High Pass Overlay to bring out the patterns.  then I added another layer and placed it under the High Pass Overlay and worked on the levels and also burned in where ever I saw an abstraction that seemed to look like something to me. I turned off the original background layer… and then saved it in a lightly larger photo size than I normally do so that it fills more of the screen when it is enlarged.

Mar 292010

Blue rocks fascinate me.  It seems like such a non-rock color to me.  I fell in love with the blue mineral in quartz matrix which is  called Kyanite the first time I saw it many years ago.  In fact, it starting me on a small collection of blue minerals back when I was a collector. Although some people do make jewelry with Kyanite, it typically is not considered a gemstone.  It has some industrial use… and of course is of value to collectors.

The background rock is a geode. This photo was taken surreptitiously, thus I thought it was lucky to catch the same colors in a different type of rock right there in the background.

Mar 122010

This is an American Family Scale made by American Cutlery from Chicago.

“Patent number 612968 was issued to Marius Hansen on October 25, 1898.  Marius was the president and founder of Hanson Brothers Scale Company which was in Chicago. American Cutlery was a large customer of Hansen and as such purchased the rights to put their name on the scales.   These types of scales were known as family scales and are quite common on the marketplace as every housekeeper in the late 1800s and early 1900s had one. Retail value might be from $20-$50 depending upon condition.”

I wouldn’t consider this one in good condition; here is a picture of what it should look like. Still, they seem to be asking $75 for this one… seems to still work well as it weighed this rock seemingly accurately.

The rock that I put on the scale is Jasper… and now I wish I had snapped a pic of its official name — it was so obvious, I didn’t think I’d forget it.  Well, I’ll go back next week and update this entry.

Anyway, I thought the rock complimented the colors of the scale nicely.

The photo was post- processed in Aperture… I the auto enhance preset to and then dodged in more contrast on the scale face… as that is the point of the photo.  I then cropped to put the rock in better balance with the scale.

Jan 152010


How bold of nature to make a rock with these two colors side-by-side!  This rock is called “Sonoran Sunset Chrysocholla” – and I took a picture in its raw form. I fell in love with this rock at first site! The owner of the jewelry shop was nice enough to pull it out of the case and set it out for me to take a photo.

I thought she had said it was found in Arizona… but on the web the only location I see is Northern Mexico.  Of course, Northern Mexico borders AZ, so maybe it was found  in AZ, near the Mexican border.  Rocks probably don’t understand borders.

You should see these in its original 4000 x 3000 pixel size on my 23″ screen.  Now that is BOLD!

The store that let me take this images (and many others) was All in Vein; they will be in Quartzsite for Jan and Feb.

Processing:  I adjusted levels and contrast a bit.

Jan 132010

I went on my first photo walk today.  I walked over to the Quartzsite Gem & Mineral show going on in Tyson Wells.  So, this is the first time that I’ve taken a photo for this blog specifically, rather than pulling from past images. Actually, I took quite a few photos, but this is the first that I thought I’d try out.

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