I bought five pounds of old marbles on eBay, and cleaned them today.
I photographed a few of these marbles on a mirror using one of my new Kenko extension tubes to get close.
There was some dust on the mirror, but the marbles looked good. Phyllis helped me make something of the image in Photoshop. First we used the Glowing Edges filter to give the marbles their distinctive, electric, other-wordly look. Then we selected the background (Magic Wand, Lasso, etc.) We filled the background with black. After that it was cleanup with the Clone Stamp Tool.
More experiments with the extension tubes and more “marbelous photos” to come…