Photo Experimenting 3: Playing with a Crystal Ball

I don’t remember when the first time I saw a crystal-ball photo was. It looked interesting, but it was one of those things that I could live without, I thought to myself. However, it didn’t hurt to find out the price, so I checked on Amazon. It started around $8 and one of them costs $58. I bought one for $14; I would bring it to my next trip, so I thought.

There are a lot YouTube videos on how to shoot with a crystal ball. There are, also, several videos on how to flip the image inside the ball (the image inside is always upside down.) Here are a couple of them: tips on how to shoot, and tutorial on an easy way to flip the image.

I had a lot of fun. But one thing for sure is: I won’t bring it to trips, because (1) it is heavy (camera is heavy enough) (2) it takes time to set the crystal ball – the spot to place the ball, the light, the angle… etc. Besides, someone named Andrius had already done that; see Andrius and the Glass Ball Project.

Are these photos useful? I am not 100% sure. I have an idea for this year’s Christmas card though… a family tree decorates with lots crystal-ball photo ornaments 😉 That would be cool, wouldn’t it?

Thanks for visiting my blog.


About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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33 Responses to Photo Experimenting 3: Playing with a Crystal Ball

  1. Jim says:

    it would be a great idea for Xmas cards. what camera are you using?

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  2. Nicely done, keep at it and you’ll discover the one that appeals most to you.

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  3. fingerstosky says:

    It inspires a neat idea for a book’s cover!

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  4. Yinglan says:

    It looks like a lot of fun. Great pics!

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  5. loisajay says:

    wow, Helen! You need to make a tutorial about how you did this. I especially like the first photo. I want to shake it upside down and watch the snow fall.

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  6. carol1945 says:

    I like the comment about shaking the ball and letting the snow fall!!

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Carol. Lois is quite creative, isn’t she? I love those snowing glass balls. Once I had one and I kept playing; I couldn’t get anything done! 😉
      Have a wonderful evening.


  7. Wonderful images! I really enjoy the one with the fence and snow. Much agreed about taking it on trips, it’s just too heavy!

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    • Helen C says:

      Thank you for your comment. One article says fence is a good subject for glass ball 😉 (I don’t know how true it is.)
      I can’t wait to go read all the traveling tips on your blog. I can use all the helps I can get. 😉
      Good night.


  8. Amy says:

    I love, love your crystal ball experience! Crystal clear! I bought one a few years ago and only used once. :): will try to find it from one of my drawers.

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  9. Mother Hen says:

    Oh my.. now I want It looks like fun!!

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  10. Wonderful Amy, I love it!!!

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  11. Hi Helen .. you are so clever! I love the way you experiment .. wish I did! These are super Miss. Thanks so much for sharing a grand idea 😃

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  12. The leaf looks ;ike ot is in a toaster – very surreal and imaginative 🍀

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  13. DG MARYOGA says:

    Most creative and effectual photographic work,great the techniques you applied,dear Helen!
    Have a nice and creative day,my friend 🙂

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