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  1. Vitro... Conqueror?

    That is the feel I got from it as well, just a bit wonky. It is partly about the feel after viewing enough of them, you get to know the glass, color and movement. All that adds up to a wonky Blackline all-red for me.
  2. The Akro who sparkled in Euro?

    It is just not a combo that Akro ever did to my knowledge. Not with the opal base.
  3. Mostly Pix - Alley

    Finally upgraded my Bloody Sky. Merry Christmas to me! =}
  4. Mostly Pix - Akro

    I figured this might get the researcher in you intrigued. =}
  5. Mostly Pix - Akro

    Sweet Royals up there!
  6. Mostly Pix - Akro

    One other bit of info to go with these bags. Several years ago D&E received some cullet and matching swirls from Roger Hardy, but they were always a bit perplexed as to what to make of them. When they found these bags it was another piece to that puzzle.
  7. Mostly Pix - Akro

    Here is something some of you may find interesting, I know I did and do. I spent some time yesterday with D&E and was blessed with a Christmas gift, in this pic it is the bag on the right with the header. Apparently, so far there are only 5 bags known and one of those [on the left] had no header and was opened to document the marbles inside. Akro swirls! I always figured it odd that the only swirls Akro would do is the milkies and moss agates but had never seen any in original packaging. What an awesome gift for a swirl guy!
  8. A Little How To Photo Help

    Sorry I have not dealt with that issue, hopefully someone a little more tech savvy will come by. They may not see it here tho, you might have to ask in general chat in a new thread.
  9. While I see many of you take fantastic photos of your marbles, I have been asked for a couple tips by a few. I have written an article for a couple other places and thought I might share it here and hopefully help answer some questions. Remember there is really no one right way to do things and if you have found what works for you, keep at it. Also something not mentioned in my article....Photoscape is free and quite easy to use to crop and replace backgrounds if you so desire. Please, I am no writer...so cut me a little slack. =} When I first started shooting marbles I knew it would be mostly a lighting and color issue. This turned out to be more true than I realized. If I finally got enough light there was either a color change due to the lights or I would burn out the lighter colors. What I did on the cheap....I hit the hardware store and went to the lighting section and started trying bulbs two at a time. These are color corrected for natural light. Run about 6$ each. I tried a couple different brands before I found one that worked well. They work differently color wise between brands. I don't remember the brand I used but different ones will likely work better for different cameras. Now about the camera....truly, you will have an easier time using a small point & shoot. Mine was about 100$ and only about 12mp if that. The thing here is that a point&shoot use a much deeper Depth of field than a full size camera with a macro lens. So what does that mean? It means that with a full size camera and macro lens you will likely be shooting at an aperature of F16 and still the DOF area of sharpness will be only a 1/4 inch deep and F16 lets very little light into your camera compared to the average point & shoot when they use F64 or there about and make up for the light loss in the camera. I am not saying you can't shoot with a full size camera, it is just a lot more work to get enough light and everything in focus. I place my marble on either a mid grey piece of cloth or a semi old black T shirt. This will help with getting to the correct color. I use two bulbs if shooting indoors and those bulbs are placed in cheap aluminum shields with a clamp on style holder. Cheap hardware lights but they reflect the light well. I get the lights placed within a foot of the marble on each side just in front of the marble, and adjust distance as needed. when trying the lights make sure you get the highest power you can. These natural light corrected don't use watts but they usually say equal to _watts. You want equal to 100w. Natural light is measured in Kelvins. Cameras are set with Kelvins...the hot or cold of the light. Normal daylight is somewhere in the 5000K range some cameras are set at 5000k and some a little higher for natural daylight. The lights I suggested looking at are also measured in Kelvins. Look for something in the 5000K to 5800K and depending on how the images look adjust accordingly if needed. 5000K is slightly warmer {more yellow} than 5800K which is cooler white/blue. Remember....if you chose to shoot with regular light bulbs, your colors will be off. Likely to the yellow side. Your camera settings for different light may help but you will continue to struggle. You will get better color using flash, however you will face other issues. Use of a tripod can help greatly. If you have a point & shoot....you can still use one. In fact it will be cheaper for you than for us with heavy cameras. All you need is a small desk top tripod. If you are using a DSLR get yourself a remote shutter release to use with your tripod, as you may struggle with enough light. I find it takes to large of a bump in ISO to make it worth trying to shoot handheld with the large lenses and light conditions inside. I use my big 400mm inside at about 1/8 second w ISO 100 and it works nicely. With a remote and tripod of course. After the shot is taken and loaded on the computer it may or may not be perfect. If I have done all my minor adjustments and have got the best I could in camera and it is just a little off.....then I take it into my adjustment program. I now use Lightroom 4. In this or a program like it you can adjust things like contrast, sharpness or temperature, or even each individual color. I rarely need to do much if anything but if it does not look as it does in hand I try and get as close as I can. Now lately.....because I am lazy and don't feel like using two cameras daily....I have been using my full size camera. The totally blacked out backgrounds in some of my images were with the point & Shoot then cut out the marble and placed them on a black background in a computer program. { I have since, resumed the use of black background in my newest images} No need to go this far for ID purposes.. The latest images were done on a used semi black T shirt set on the ground outside or on my table inside. I have not yet bought the Macro lens that I want and have been using my fullsize camera and a 400mm lens. This lens will not focus on anything closer than 5.5 feet away. It is my wildlife lens. I shoot the marbles standing 6ft away and then crop the little guy from the center of the image. I can do it this way because of great glass 400mm zoom and 24 mp. They are acceptable for now, until I am set up the way I want down the road. So....cheap camera, two color correct lights in aluminum housings on medium gray to washed out black. Camera on auto color balance {also try daylight} setting with the color corrected lights. And play with the light distance until it works for you. It will be different for different marbles. Light.....dark....or a mix. If you find you are having trouble focusing.....either you need more light or if you have the adjustment on your camera, you may need to use spot focus. With Point & Shoots. you may have a macro setting and this will change your focusing ability. The marble. Some have seams. A straight or curved line where it appears the colors meet. I like to photograph each of those two seams {some have one, some have none} first. I shoot them in a vertical position. These seams are something we use to help with IDs. I then like to turn the marble so that I am shooting the side between the seams and then again to the opposite side. Some marbles are uninteresting on the sides between the seams. Many times the top or bottom of the marble may be preferable. Top and bottom being at the end where the seam points. To show all four angles in one image I find Photoscape very easy and free online. It does a fast and simple collage after I have cropped the marble. I try and leave a little room for the marble in the crop. If you crop to tight onto edges of the marble it is actually more difficult to view.. This is also a great way to keep a good record of marbles that you have had ID'd being you can name the collage and always return to see what characteristics it had on four separate sides all at once, when trying to ID others you may have. I have tried to keep this easy to follow for everyone. You could get deeper into the subject for sure. My hope was only to get you started. If you have questions or would like to get a little deeper into options......my email is jeepermanpaul@gmail.com I also have a website for my photography other than marbles should you like to browse what I do. PHeupel-Photography Good luck and more importantly...have fun!
  10. Oxbloods... show me some please

    Oooh and you are correct Sir. =}
  11. Oxbloods... show me some please

    I can't say 100% but the red there looks a bit translucent. Around the edges in the second shot looks like you can see into it. If that is the case, it would not be Oxblood, but a cool and interesting marble non the less.
  12. Where have all the good marbles gone?

    I especially like the more translucent looking one. I have a soft spot for the Alley West Virginians and that's a fun one. -}
  13. Where have all the good marbles gone?

    Beauties right there. It does seem there has been a slump lately in good marbles. Slim pickens. With all of the antique shops disappearing, and the ones still around selling smalls on the bay, you would hope and think at least you would find something there. I know they are not all found.
  14. Mostly Pix - Alley

    Thank you. I am liking these more and more all the time.
  15. Mostly Pix - Alley

    I try to be organized but things always change when I add new ones. It can get crazy trying to make a display or a case and not spot for something....where do I put it....what about the others or the one that are similar. Never even numbers and never enough to fill a space with just one type! UHG! LOL Oh yeah, this lady Tater bug came with the others. =}
  16. Mostly Pix - Alley

    Heck of a way to break a new Alley dry streak. Added #2&3 today.
  17. Hello from SW Michigan

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  19. Hello from Utah

    Welcome to the addiction and the board. Have fun, and when you start wishing your metal detector had a glass sphere setting.....your hooked.
  20. Oxbloods... show me some please

    Poor Steph. lol Thanks Mike, the Alley's are my favorite, but man....they are a tough find. Alley
  21. Large handmade "Ebay"

    It could absolutely. Re heating can destroy a pontil and then it might be added back on. I have not seen but heard of this a few times.
  22. Mostly Pix - Alley

    I am in agreement with Steph. If the blue had clear and white in it, that would change. But as it is, it is a red on blue swirl.
  23. The Akro who sparkled in Euro?

    Interesting marble for sure. Looks so Akro yet so not Akro at the same time. Hmmm......
  24. Mostly Pix - Peltier

    Ooh nice! =}