Monthly Archives: December 2011

New microscope with camera :)

I unexpectedly got a Bresser Biolux NV microscope with USB camera for xmas, it’s a good hobbyist microscope with 4x, 10x and 40x objectives, the kit came with some prepared specimens and even some shrimp eggs and an incubator for growing them, as well as spare slides and cover slips

Here are some captures from the included slides :

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here is a video capture that has been processed as b&w and inverted

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Earth, the final frontier

I’ve been doing lots of online After Effects tutorials recently as I’d like to add cgi effects to some of the footage I shot over the summer with an aim to represent natural phenomena such at photosynthesis and gravitation.
Things are going well and I’m getting my head around the use of fractal noise, particles and using lights to project images onto surface meshes.
I’m particularly proud of my Earth which was created entirely in After effects using CC-Sphere and fractal noise as well as jpeg maps.
You can find lots of cool AE tutorials here and here

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The dark side..

The biology of cells has always fascinated me, I follow a few flickr groups on the subject and have been very impressed by the work of  Tatcher a Hainu

Flower stalk of a dalia by Tatcher a Hainu

I like the way he stains his specimens and and the level of detail in his photography.

However it is Darkfield microscopy that really inspires me due to the high contrast levels and black backgrounds which make it suitable for projection and video mixing.

Here is a superb example of micro-videography, a capture of the algae Volvox…

Volvox aureus, darkfield moves by Jens Hallfeldt

From what I can gather he used a professional microscope, the Olympus CH40, a very nice DSLR, the Canon 5dII and a Zeiss Ultracondenser.

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From Karl Blossfeldt to Lewisham waterways

I was feeling inspired by Karl Blossfeldt today.

I love the way he used symmetry, contrast and form to create plant photographs that induce a sense of wonder.

So I packed up my tiny compact Lumix DMC-FS30 and headed over to the Bromley to Lewisham cycle trail which includes the recently completed River View Walk which is a delightful wild space spanning at least 3 boroughs.

Along the walk I found a number of seed heads and other graphic plant elements to photograph and further process at home, and was quite surprised at the capabilities of the fixed lens of the Lumix, it also included a macro zoom feature for quite detailed close-ups. I also like the graininess of the imagery, which comes from the relatively high ISO of 800 and the capabilities of the camera, making the picture black and white whilst increasing the contrast also helped to bring out a timeless quality in the imagery.

I will try to experiment more in this area.

There were many people enjoying the urban wilderness including lots of fellow photographers, cyclists, skaters, people fishing and just hanging out.

When I finally arrived in Lewisham centre the market was humming with the sound of busy shoppers purchasing the cheapest veg in London! I managed to get 7 peppers, 8 avocados, 6 sweet potatoes, 7 green bananas (a Jamaican delicacy) and a pineapple for just £5!

I will certainly be going there again..

Buddleia seed head

Teasel seed head  (Dipsacus)

unknown seed head

unknown seed head 2

Ivy seed heads (Hedera helix)

See more in my flickr stream here    http://www.flickr.com/photos/56502363@N04/

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