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Art of Jewelry - Taki Sanati
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Macro Photography - Detail not Visible to the Eye
Macro Photography - Show the Detail not Visible to the Eye
Approaching macro photography for the first time can be full of ugliness especially if your first attempts fail badly. Many beginners discover the Depth of Field (DoF) is very small, images are out of focus because the focus is critical in macro photography with the small DoF, Camera shake and subject movement (due to using longer shutter speeds to allow for small apertures and/or not using a sturdy tripod), increased noise (if you use a higher ISO to compensate for the small apertures needed), or badly composed photos. And this can get frustrating.
(the following was already covered in my first article Welcome to the
World of Macro
but here is a reminder)

Macro Photography requires special equipment which can get expensive, but so what we photographers like to spend money on equipment. Without some form of macro equipment you will not be able to
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The Emerald
So you have all heard of Emeralds. This simply sparkling-green precious stone is sometimes even more valued than diamonds. It truly gives its owner the gift of eloquence.
The Greeks associated this stone with the goddess Venus, and for many people it is a symbol of constancy and true affection reflecting the security of love. Legend has it that if an Emerald is given to a lover the stone will pale and grow dull as the love fades (don’t go into a panic, your stone might just be dirty!).
The name comes from the Greek word Smaragdos, which means “green stone”. Hermes gave Aphrodite a huge carved Emerald tablet. Many ancient races thought of the Emerald as the stone of the Gods. In the book of Revelations, Emerald is said to compose the throne of God. The Holy Grail is speculated to be carved from a huge Emerald… which fell from Satan’s crown when he was banished from heaven.
And somewhere someone suggested that Jesus used an Emerald bowl at the last supper. The In
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CosmicFolklore
Michael Johnson
Artist
United States
This is the whole staff of the Cosmic Folklore Studios, except Lora. I will have to get a picture of her when she is beading and not working on taxes :)

Current Residence: a small cabin in the woods, next to a creek, that runs to the Cahaba River
Favourite genre of music: rock and metal, LOL - lapidary and silversmithing :)
MP3 player of choice: vinyl at 33rpms
Shell of choice: macaroni
Wallpaper of choice: Gold Lamé
Favourite cartoon character: Pepe Le Pew
Personal Quote: "Clothing optional!!!"
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Last Day of School

Thu May 22, 2008, 11:36 AM
School's Out for Summer!!!

Tonight, I walk my eleventh graduating class of seniors across the stage to recieve diplomas.  Eleven years of teaching high school, and before that two years of teaching at the University of Alabama.  I have had thirteen years of working with the systematic deprogramming of children, turning them all into sheep and setting them out into a pasture full of wolves.  

As my students all whoop and caw at the final bell releasing them out into the world for the summer, college, or the rest of their lives, they fail to see the smiles on their teachers' faces.  Once, they have all left the building, all young eyes are no longer upon us, we also whoop and caw our ways down the hall.  

So, here is one more "whoopie!!!" from me.  

Summertime is my time to catch up at the bench on my own jewelry designs, but most importantly, I get to sleep :)

I am a part of a touring exhibit, Smiths and Stones, that will have a show in Chicago at the Black Box Diamond Gallery.  Our works will be on display through the month of July.  Included will be works from;









Come on out and join us in the fun if you are in the area.

Clubs;











  • Listening to: The bell ring
  • Reading: The Boy in the Blue Pajamas
  • Watching: The students all drive away
  • Playing: my ukulele
  • Drinking: coffee

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Broski01288 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017
How may I purchase the
VesicaPisces Pisces Cuff?
Broski01288
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Flamegirl34568 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
I have been looking at all of your amazing jewelry, and I see one thing that stands out the most. How do you take such good photos of your pieces? My jewelry never photographs well.
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CosmicFolklore Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Thank you!
I use a DSLR with a light tent. I just set up the shot, making sure to avoid my own reflection (or trying) and I use pieces of white paper to direct the light evenly over the piece. Use a long exposure with a tripod. I avoid macros, as they will kill your depth of field. Mostly, I use a magnifier with a 50mm.

However, I have seen really good pictures made with iPhones and point-and-shoots. The thing that makes a great picture is lighting. IMO.

Opals are a bugger though. any opal that I have pictured is 10x's better in person than the picture.
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Flamegirl34568 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Thank you so much for the detailed reply. I don't have such a good camera as that, but I will see what I can do with lighting. That seems to be the best option for me.
And I fully agree, an opal's fire is impossible to catch on camera.
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Janski-Designs Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Thanks for adding my Labradorite Pendant to your collection.
You have a awesome gallery, very nice work!! :)
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CosmicFolklore Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Thank you! and, you're welcome :)
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:iconkalitan:
Kalitan Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013   General Artist
Beautiful work! (:
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CosmicFolklore Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Thank you :)
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Alue360 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
your work is really good!o.o
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CosmicFolklore Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Thank you!!
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Alue360 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
you're welcome^^
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Aranglinn Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
hey! your work is great, I have to watch you :P
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CosmicFolklore Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
Thank you!!
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Nils-Iver Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Quick question: can you forge me a white gold ring for a male sized finger with deep amethyst jewel stone in the middle?
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CosmicFolklore Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
Yes, feel free to email me at reddog272@yahoo.com
I will need to know a few things.
Thanks :)
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Nils-Iver Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Mail sent! :)
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artistladysmith Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
:+devwatch: thank you SO much :)
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CosmicFolklore Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
You're welcome!!
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Mayamahal Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
I love your family dynamic and your work. I have a little girl who's just learned to run, and I have visions of her harassing me until I teach her how to hold a torch and make her own art to wear.
Your pieces are spectacular examples of composition, color, and creativity, and I can't tell you how inspiring they are to see.
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CosmicFolklore Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
Thanks you,
Mine didn't exactly beg me. I had to coerce just as my dad did. But, at this age, they spend more time on homework than at the bench. I wonder sometimes if they may be stretching out the homework to keep me from making them make chain :)
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CreepyBlueStorm Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
I have but one question - Are the kids in Graphic Design 1 still playing Pictionary?
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CosmicFolklore Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
We did the first week, as usual :)
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flintlockprivateer Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Great gallery.
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CosmicFolklore Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Thank you, sir :)
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LaddytheOutcat Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! You craft jewelry? That's awesome!
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