Work some magic

Cap­ture an en­tire landscape in a crys­tal ball – no wand re­quired

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Have you ever tried to fit an en­tire landscape into a tiny lit­tle ball? Well, it is pos­si­ble, if you’re us­ing a crys­tal ball. Place a crys­tal ball down in front of a scene, and you can shoot the view as it dis­torts and re­fracts through the crys­tal (or glass) and reaches your cam­era.

Choose a scene that’s quite high in con­trast, so that it looks nice and punchy when it’s minia­turised by the ball. Sunny days and blue skies work well in this re­spect. You don’t need any fancy kit, though if your crys­tal ball is quite small, a macro lens would be use­ful. Set­tings aren’t too im­por­tant for this shoot ei­ther; what is im­por­tant is how you set things up – like this…

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