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Old 12-22-2012, 04:48 AM   #1
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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.

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fruitfly 1 edit copyright ernie cooper 2012 crop 3_filtered by ernie.cooper, on Flickr
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Old 12-22-2012, 02:32 PM   #2
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awesome!
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Old 12-22-2012, 04:11 PM   #3
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Ewww gross, I love it!
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wow! who knew a tiny bug could be soo cool looking.

Thank you for sharing :-D i love it!
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Thanks all!

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Old 12-23-2012, 02:04 PM   #6
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beautiful picture but have to admit it creeps me out just a tad lol
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Old 12-23-2012, 06:32 PM   #7
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beautiful picture but have to admit it creeps me out just a tad lol
Then my work is done!

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Awesome!
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