More Face Masks!

Recognising that not all people are fans of rocks on their faces, I have created a range of non-mineral face masks. A bit of an eclectic mix 😁

You can find them here… (and mineral ones here).

You can choose from:

  • Baby Birds (very cute, and probably the only naked bodies you want to see on your face!)
  • Ballarat Railway Station – early morning scene
  • Bruny Island (Tasmania) rock stacks, complete with rainbow
  • Blue Buick for Rev-Heads
  • Cake in the Mouth – for your Cake-Hole
  • Call me a Mechanic with vintage truck
  • Fireworks for that fresh explosive taste
  • Fly Spray to kill off any airborne pests
  • A pair of Old Wagons, Otago, South Island, New Zealand
  • Poles and Wires for those that like geometric and/or abstract designs
  • A vintage dancer radiator cap to keep your fluids in
  • Geothermal activity, White Island, New Zealand – like breathing out water vapour…

Features:

  • Non-medical face masks help you express yourself even when you can’t show your face
  • Two layers of soft 100% brushed polyester with sublimation print on the outside layer
  • 7.25″ x 4.6″ / 18.5 x 11.5 cm with over-ear elastic straps for a snug fit over mouth and nose. Each ear strap is 8″ / 20cm (the largest size available on Redbubble)
  • Wash after each use
  • Do not use as medical personal protective equipment
  • Adult use only and should not be placed on young children younger than 2 years of age, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance

Right now, Redbubble are offering 20% off if you buy four or more.

Please read this warning and disclaimer statement from Redbubble too. These masks are no different to home-made ones.

Mineral-Themed Face Masks…

I have created twelve mineral-themed face masks via Redbubble. These are of a variety of minerals from around the world.

So far, there are masks containing crocoite (some with other species) from the Adelaide Mine (2), Red Lead Mine, Magnet Mine, Dundas Extended Mine and Kapi Mine, calcite from Dal Negorsk, Russia, a gold nugget from Maryborough, Victoria, rhodochrosite from the Uchucchacua Mine, Peru, spessartine garnet from the Navegadora claim, Minas Gerais, Brazil, wavellite from Phosphate Hill, Mansfield, Victoria, and wulfenite and Mimetite from the Ojuela Mine, Mexico.

Features:

  • Non-medical face masks help you express yourself even when you can’t show your face
  • Two layers of soft 100% brushed polyester with sublimation print on the outside layer
  • 7.25″ x 4.6″ / 18.5 x 11.5 cm with over-ear elastic straps for a snug fit over mouth and nose. Each ear strap is 8″ / 20cm (the largest size available on Redbubble)
  • Wash after each use
  • Do not use as medical personal protective equipment
  • Adult use only and should not be placed on young children younger than 2 years of age, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance

Right now, Redbubble are offering 20% off if you buy four or more.

They are available here.

Please read this warning and disclaimer statement from Redbubble too. These masks are no different to home-made ones.

Twelve Apostles, Otway Coast

Visited the Otway Ranges, southern Victoria, today. First time that I have been down that way in 30 plus years. And got to see the famed Twelve Apostles for the first time ever. Lots and lots and lots of tourists!

Looking west along the Otway coast…

Orion in the night sky… II

We stayed at Trawool in central Victoria last night and had the opportunity to view a clear sky without light pollution.

This is the result. Orion is the constellation (compare Ballarat image taken a while ago) and the Orion Nebula is clearly visible. Not a Hubble photo to be sure, but not too bad!

Apparently the nebula, known as Messier 42, and visible to the naked eye, was believed to be the cosmic fire of creation by the Maya.

According to Nasa, the nebula is an enormous cloud of dust and gas where vast numbers of new stars are being forged.

When you click on the image below, it may take a little while to load as it is quite a big file. Once loaded, you should be able to click again to zoom in.

Photo taken with Canon 5DS R, Yongnuo 52mm f1.8 lens. Exposure time 4 seconds at ISO 1000. Four images processed through Sequator.

Mineral Photography – Creating a photo with a graduated background

I have created a short series of videos on how to end up with a photo with a graduated background. Each one is best viewed directly in Youtube, and full screen…

The first one takes you through the basics of stacking using Zerene Stacker.

The second one takes you through one simple way of removing the unwanted background.

The third one takes you through one way of adding a graduated background.

The fourth and final one is just a bit of final tweaking, aka post-processing.

Don’t forget to have a look at my Patreon page to see what else I am working on.

Wulfenite and Mimetite, Rowley Mine, Arizona

A Wee Bit of Fool’s Gold…

A very close-up photo of pyrite crystals, also known as Fool’s Gold, in quartz, from the Ethiudna Mines, Mt Victor Plumbago Station, Olary Province, South Australia, Australia. Photo width is about 1.5mm.

Pyrite, The Ethiudna Mines, Mt Victor Plumbago Station, Olary Province, South Australia, Australia