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The multiple faces of Smoky Quartz

I love learning new things and each day there is the possibility for something. Last weekend for instance I learned that Montana is one of the largest producers of Smoky Quartz crystal, a rare crystal in other states. The Smoky quartz is the dark version of the white quartz that most people known about and is common throughout the world. Smokey quartz is a silicon dioxide crystal that becomes darker with irradiation of free silicon. The crystals can be found in a single formation or in a cluster as seen here. After getting this sample this past week I thought it would make a great flash test subject using multiple light sources to bring out the different colors of the surfaces.

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It was real easy to make the crystals to go dark because of their translucent nature. By using a couple of flashlights to add a little bit of light on certain areas and then a fill card and single flash, I was able to keep the shape of the rock as well as the color that was inherent in the crystals. This definitely qualifies as a fun Friday project and I suggest you all go out and find a similar project today.

Images captured with Nikon D4, 70-180 Micro, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

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