About the Prints

How long will it take to receive my artwork?

Three to four weeks.

How do you ship?

FedEx, UPS and USPS are all possible carriers. If you have any special
shipping instructions (signature required, etc) please include those
instructions when you place your order. The artwork is insured from
damage during shipping. If the artwork arrives damaged, please document
and contact us immediately and we will make arrangements with you for a
replacement piece to be sent. Please contact us about international

How do I hang my metal prints?

Metal prints come with a hanging bracket on the back. One or two standard 50# picture hooks (not supplied) are then positioned on the wall at the desired location. The metal prints are lightweight and quite easy to install. The hanging system is not visible from the front or sides after installation. The artwork "floats" approximately 0.75 inches away
from the wall.

How do I clean my metal prints?

Metal prints are quite easy to clean. I use an ammonia-free glass cleaner (Sprayway is the brand I use) and a soft, microfiber cleaning rag. The metal prints are  very resistant to scratching and completely waterproof, so they can be installed in damp locations including outdoors, provided they are not exposed to direct sunlight.

How do I hang my paper prints?

Paper prints arrive rolled and can be easily flattened prior to framing. I do not offer framing services, as mat color and frame style are a personal preferences. Museum glass (best) or UV conservation clear glass will protect the images from UV light damage.

Are the images available in different sizes than those listed in the store?

Yes, custom sizes are available in addition to those listed in the store. The aspect ratio (the ratio of the width to the height) will be maintained so there is no cropping or distortion of the image. There is no additional charge for this service. Please contact us for how to order custom sizes and pricing information.

How large a print can you make?

Metal and paper prints are possible up to 4 ft x 6 ft and above.

Do you offer exchanges or refunds?

Unfortunately, each order is created individually and no refunds or exchanges of artwork are allowed.

About the Process

How did you come up with the idea?

My background as a research scientist with over 35 years of laboratory experience plus a degree in biomedical photography gave me the training for growing and photographing crystals. My exploration of crystals as a fine art worthy subject matter for my photography began in 2005. It continues to be an experiment in progress.

How do you take a photo with a microscope?

I presently use an Olympus BH-2 microscope with a trinocular head to which is attached a Canon (50mp) camera. The digital photographs can be captured directly on a computer.

How much are the crystals magnified in the prints?

It depends on the particular image and the size of the print. I can magnify the crystals up to 400X at the camera, so the prints are many thousands of times magnified. The original field would be the size of the head of a pin or smaller.

How can the same crystal substance look so different in different photos?

I first grow the crystals from a solution on a glass microscope slide by evaporation. I can change the solvents used, but the remaining
variables of time, temperature, humidity, etc. cause the crystal
patterns to grow in a variety of patterns, most of which are beyond my control.

Are the crystals colored?

No. The crystals form a thin, translucent layer on a glass microscope slide. The color comes from the refraction of the transmitted white light, separating the wavelengths into the colors of the spectrum, much like a prism or a raindrop can produce a rainbow of color.

I’ve never seen anything like these. Why not?

There is a unique set of challenges to growing and photographing crystals under a microscope. My background trained me in both the scientific and the artistic disciplines that has allowed me to explore and create this art form.

Still have a question?

Send me an email at lee@photographyofcrystals.com to tell me what's on your mind and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.