Sliced Laredo Agate
I realized after reviewing these photos that I probably should get a macro lens. I took these with my Canon Rebel T1i and Canon 70-200mm f2.8L USM IS II lens. Next time I find the time to set up and shoot some agates I'll try using my Canon 35MM f1.4L USM and my new Canon 5D Mark II, unless the Canon ships their new 5D Mk III to the stores before then. I may take the MK II back and get the MK III, more $$$ but hell of a lot more camera.
Here we are:
Abstract Salmon colored agate from Laredo.
Orange moss agate from Laredo.
I really like how the brown line of moss separates two nice areas of agate banding. You can see at the top how the water I dipped the agate in is drying due to the modeling lamp I was using, it is a good example of how much the water brings out the color and hides the saw marks. These are all unpolished pieces.
Red, White, and Blue Laredo Moss Agate. I like the colors.
Another Gold colored moss from the Laredo area.
Botryoidal agate is the globular spots and the dendrites are the fern like growth patterns, which on this agate are black, brown, and red. It also has black marks that resemble burn marks. Awesome agate! I don't think I will cut this one. It is awesome on the outside.
If I had tilted it a little more in the vise I would have cut through the sagenite buried in the top half of the agate. It is not very easy to lock an agate into the vise and prevent it from moving during the cutting process, when that happens it really messes up your day. :(
That's all for today. Hope you enjoyed the agate display.
Carl Sullivan, Dad(non-registered)
WOW, Philip, these are some wonderful pics of many beautiful agates. So much beauty hidden from most of us. Thank you for loving such a hobby and taking the time to search, find, haul, cut and photograph for our enjoyment.
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