LIke many people, my family and I color eggs for Easter every year but this year we did things a little differently.

(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 48mm. Exposure: 1/60th sec. @ f/6.3 w/Nikon SB800 flashes. ISO: 200)

First, we started with brown eggs instead of the traditional white ones. We heard that the darker eggs made the colors more intense. The blues and greens and even the reds, were indeed richer. The lighter colors like yellow might have done better with the plain old white eggs, however.

Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/60th sec. @ f/7.1 w/Nikon SB800 flashes. ISO: 200)

Second, on some of the eggs we used “magic glitter” that came in the egg dyeing kit. After dyeing the eggs, we dipped them in the “magic glitter stickem” solution and then rolled them around in the glitter. We haven’t decided if we completely like the results. Even with the sticky liquid, some of the glitter flaked off, but it did leave some interesting, though unpredictable patterns.

Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 38mm. Exposure: 1/60th sec. @ f/7.1 w/Nikon SB800 flashes. ISO: 200)

Lastly, I decided to do a little experiment on one of the eggs. I dripped several different colors of dye onto a paper towel, then wrapped the egg in it. Leaving it alone for several minutes, I then unwrapped it. As I hoped, the egg picked up the color and pattern from the paper. The colors were a bit mottled and I’m not 100% sure if I like it or not, but at least the paper towel looked cool in the end.

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