Surface by robv

Surface

The area around a seta(hair) on the leg of a beetle, Chrysina beyeri, from Arizona. I've been playing with microscopes, cameras and software lately. Haven't been doing photography as much as I'd like so a new year and project to inspire myself a bit, and perhaps show a different view of the world to a few others out there. Taken with reflected light differential interference contrast on an old Nikon Optiphot microscope.
Blimey, this is very cool. Those are lots of cells, I assume?
January 1st, 2014  
I like how you call this "surface" and you are surfacing again!! Glad to have you back...I have missed your unique shots....Happy New Year.
January 1st, 2014  
Great color
January 1st, 2014  
So nice to see your name pop up. awesome picture. will we see some more of your fabulous photos? Happy New Year.
January 1st, 2014  
@alexmertz Yes Alex, those are the chitinized remnants of the cells making up the epicuticle. The 40x objective and 2.5x projection eyepiece image on my 7D's aps sensor make for an approximate 160-180x on sensor magnification. Then viewing it on whatever phone, tablet, laptop screen or monitor produces a magnification ratio I can't calculate from where I'm sitting. But it does look cool and that's what's important! Interference contrast uses polarized light and prisms that manipulate the light paths of nearly coherent light, interaction with the surface and subsurface features produce interference effects in the final image. I'm just getting the hang of manipulating polarizers, waveplates and prism position to change color and contrast. Learning is life! Have fun!
January 2nd, 2014  
Hello, neighbor. Looking forward to enjoying your POV in 2014. Happy New Year.
January 2nd, 2014  
Woah! Welcome back and this is taking the macro shots to a whole new level. I'm looking forward to learning something new.
January 8th, 2014  
Way cool, you need to keep doing these they are awesome.
January 17th, 2014  
Amazing ! Like the scientific bent of this and your other photos. I'm planning on getting a camera adapter for my Nikon microscope, with your inspiration. Some great optical effects down at the scale of the very small...
May 28th, 2014  
I have played around with microscope photography and it is HARD> Very well done!
June 30th, 2014  
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