Stacked macro photograph of a fruit fly
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > General Planted Tank Forums > Photography


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-22-2012, 04:48 AM   #1
EWTC
Planted Member
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Posts: 174
Default

Stacked macro photograph of a fruit fly


Almost exactly a month ago I posted a photo of a sow bug (order Isopoda) on my blog that I created from a stack of 57 separate images. But I was really unsatisfied with the photo and decided it was time to invest in more equipment. I ordered a 4X microscope objective off Ebay and started building a precision focusing rail out of a Zeiss Microscope Focus Arm.

The focusing rail is now functional. The trickiest thing was figuring out how to provide soft, even lighting to a tiny specimen positioned only 14mm from the front of the lens while simultaneously avoiding lens flare. I also needed to find a suitably photogenic subject. Given that it was snowing on the day I took the photo below, a trip to the garden to look for tiny insects wasn’t an option!

I had an epiphany yesterday morning while eating a small tub of yogurt and a banana. I finished the yogurt and realized that it was made from thin white plastic and was the perfect size and shape to fit over both the microscope lens and a specimen. All I had to do was to cut a hole in the bottom to insert the subject. Meanwhile a couple of fruit flies started to buzz around my banana...”aha” I thought, “my specimens have arrived!”

Below is one of the photos resulting from a meeting of yogurt container and fruit fly.

Cheers,
EC www.macrocritters.wordpress.com


fruitfly 1 edit copyright ernie cooper 2012 crop 3_filtered by ernie.cooper, on Flickr
EWTC is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 12-22-2012, 02:32 PM   #2
ony
Planted Member
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: UK
Posts: 271
Default

awesome!
ony is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-22-2012, 04:11 PM   #3
Elppan
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
Elppan's Avatar
 
PTrader: (7/100%)
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Posts: 403
Default

Ewww gross, I love it!
__________________
Elppan is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-22-2012, 04:14 PM   #4
Aquatic Delight
H is for Hillstream
 
Aquatic Delight's Avatar
 
PTrader: (8/100%)
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Space Coast, Florida
Posts: 1,850
Default

wow! who knew a tiny bug could be soo cool looking.

Thank you for sharing :-D i love it!
__________________
Will
________________________________

Hillstream/Boreno Loach Refuge
my 29g story
Aquatic Delight is online now   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-22-2012, 11:41 PM   #5
EWTC
Planted Member
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Posts: 174
Default

Thanks all!

EC
EWTC is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-23-2012, 02:04 PM   #6
zoo minsi
Planted Member
 
PTrader: (4/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: canton,michigan
Posts: 225
Default

beautiful picture but have to admit it creeps me out just a tad lol
zoo minsi is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-23-2012, 06:32 PM   #7
EWTC
Planted Member
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Posts: 174
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by zoo minsi View Post
beautiful picture but have to admit it creeps me out just a tad lol
Then my work is done!

EC
EWTC is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-23-2012, 09:18 PM   #8
bud29
Planted Member
 
bud29's Avatar
 
PTrader: (28/100%)
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Kansas
Posts: 289
Default

Awesome!
__________________

^Click banner to view group!


The few. The proud. The shrimpkeepers
RAOK Club Member #82

"Adding aquarium salt to improve slime coat is like pouring lemon juice in your eye to make it water."
bud29 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 04:44 PM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012