PESO - Crystal

Igor PDML-StR pdmlstr at
Mon Oct 19 15:11:27 EDT 2020

Back in May, sitting at home, we did some scientific experiments:
we grew salt crystals, and then I quickly took a few photos that the kiddo 
could show to her virtual class.

This is the most "photogenic" crystal

However, it is actually polycrystalline (you can see crystallites of a 
different crystalline orientation), and it was a "byproduct".
The main crystal is monocrystalline (except maybe some junk at the edge):

This was not a big photography project, the photographs were taken 
quickly on the kitchen table (a last-minute thought).

The biggest challenge with photographing crystals was choosing the light 
and its direction to highlight the crystal planes.
I would expect that lighting techniques used by Mark C. while 
photographing his snowflakes would be useful for this type of subject, 
even though these crystals are macroscopic, unlike the snowflakes.

All comments are welcome!


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