obscure by degrees

Symbols for the Degrees: Pisces

The Sabian Symbols were symbols or “images” designated to each degree of each sign in the zodiac by clairvoyant Elsie Wheeler in 1925. They can be used to paint a specific picture of each of your placements based on its degree.

Originally posted by nikkinicnac

0th-1st degree: In a crowded marketplace, farmers and middlemen display a great variety of products

1st-2nd degree: A squirrel hiding from hunters

2nd-3rd degree: Petrified tree trunks lie broken on desert sands

3rd-4th degree: Heavy car traffic on a narrow isthmus linking two seashore resorts

4th-5th degree: A church bazaar

5th-6th degree: A parade of army officers in full dress

6th-7th degree: Illumined by a shaft of light, a large cross lies on rocks surrounded by sea

7th-8th degree: A girl blowing a bugle

8th-9th degree: A jockey spurs his horse, intent on outdistancing his rivals

9th-10th degree: An aviator pursues his journey, flying through ground-obscuring clouds

10th-11th degree: Men traveling a narrow path, seeking illumination

11th-12th degree: In the sanctuary of an occult brotherhood, newly initiated members are being examined and their character tested

12th-13th degree: An ancient sword, used in many battles, is displayed in a museum

13th-14th degree: A lady wrapped in a large stole of fox fur

14th-15th degree: An officer instructing his men before a simulated assault under a barrage of live shells

15th-16th degree: In the quiet of his study, a creative individual experiences a flow of inspiration

16th-17th degree: An Easter parade

17th-18th degree: In a gigantic tent, villagers witness a spectacular performance

18th-19th degree: A master instructing his disciple

19th-20th degree: A table set for an evening meal

20th-21st degree: Under the watchful and kind eye of a servant, a girl fondles a little white lamb

21st-22nd degree: A prophet carrying tables of the new law is walking down the slopes of Mount Sinai

22nd-23rd degree: A materializing medium giving a seance

23rd-24th degree: On a small island surrounded by the vast expanse of the sea, people are seen living in close interaction

24th-25th degree: A religious organization succeeds in overcoming the corrupting influence of perverted practices and materialized ideals

25th-26th degree: Watching the very thin moon crescent appearing at sunset, different people realize that the time has come to go ahead with their different projects

26th-27th degree: The Harvest Moon illumines a clear autumnal sky

27th-28th degree: A fertile garden under the full moon reveals a variety of full-grown vegetables

28th-29th degree: Light breaking into many clouds as it passes through a prism

29th-30th degree: A majestic rock formation resembling a face is idealized by a boy who takes it as his ideal of greatness, and as he grows up, begins to look like it

Obscure Degrees AU

Character A is an Interaction Designer and Character B is a Criminologist. Both suffer from having to deal with misunderstandings about what their respective fields are; Character A is frequently met with blank stares when they mention their field, and Character B has rolled their eyes at “Oh! Like in CSI!” more times than they care to remember. After a long day’s work they find themselves in the same place, and bond by venting about constantly having to correct people’s wrong impressions.

Optional: They end up working on a research project together, and end up having to explain both of their fields when trying to apply for funding.

Chub n’ tuck responsibly, kids.

(It’s a reference to this)

I know this is hardly a joke but I couldn’t get the image of Sans chub n’ tuckin’ out of my head so here ya go.


As Froggie’s assistant I am able to learn new photography techniques in exchange for helping with his projects. Recently, he taught me the basics of portrait photography using one flash, a white umbrella, a light stand, remote triggers, and, of course, guinea pigs subjects. He also taught me how to use white posterboard to reflect light if need-be.Below I’ll outline the three types of lighting systems used for various effects as shot with my Nikon D3200 and with the help of my boyfriend and parents. 

NOTE: I’m not great at editing in Lightroom yet, so the photos are for educational purposes only. Although I WILL say Froggie edited pictures of my mom and dad and I was totally blown away by how cool they came out. That’s a lesson for another day. 

EXTRA NOTE FROM FROGGIE: I handicapped Erin a little due to the fact that I only had a small umbrella to give her. While the umbrella softened the light, it was too small to perfectly demonstrate these lighting styles. Small light sources do not always provide the “wrap around” lighting effect that is desired for these styles. So instead of small shadows in key places, sometimes it throws one whole side of the face in shadow. Despite the tiny umbrella, I think she did a wonderful job for her first time. And I think you can see with a little editing (above) the pictures had all the data needed to end up with a professional end result. 

Rembrandt Lighting 

Yes, it looks like a mugshot although I’m fairly certain this is Eli’s “enthusiastic” face. With this dramatic lighting, part of the face is obscured to a degree in shadow (an effect called chiaroscuro and I can thank my college Art History class for that fancy term). Google Image Search revealed a variety of different ways to achieve this effect, but I think the basic technique is the same; the flash should be positioned away from the subject at a 45 degree angle and be high enough that it is pointing down (also at around 45 degrees) towards the subject’s eye. The closer the flash to the subject, of course, the more illuminated they will be. 

Eli’s picture is perhaps a bit underexposed - I was hoping for just a triangle of shadow on the opposite side of his nose from the flash. Overall I’m happy with how the shot turned out. 

Ethereal Lighting

My dad doesn’t look too ethereal here. If anything, he looks like he belongs in the gritty reboot of the term ethereal (I don’t know what that means). I had everything right; the setting the light up higher and closer to my subject, compensated for flash since it would be too bright…What was I missing? 

After messaging Froggie, I realized two things: a) my dad is just too much of a badass to be ethereal and b) I should probably set my camera from f/8 to f/1.8. 

Take 2 with my mom:

Theeeere we go. The light is a little more flowy and illuminates the face, producing a more dream-like effect. 

Beauty Lighting

With this more feminine lighting style, the flash should be placed as close to the subject as possible, with the flash at a 45 degree angle pointed downward at the subject. Holding a white piece of poster board or some other reflector, the light bounces back up towards the subject’s face and envelops them in light.

In theory at least.

I’m not sure why there’s that shadow on her cheek - perhaps I was underexposed, but I feel like other parts of the image would have been blown out if I had the flash set higher. This is definitely a technique I’ll have to practice. Also, I should probably find the answer as to why she’s making a super mom-face at me in the picture. 

All in all, it took only a few minutes to set up and break down.  With a little bit of hard work maybe I’ll graduate to two flashes! As I told Froggie, I don’t know if I’ll be doing a lot of studio stuff in my own photography but I’m glad I’m able to learn it. These techniques can only help me be a stronger photographer and set me on my way to be the most well rounded I can be.