Irresistible Microscope Photography

My friend, @cheth, sent a tweet yesterday with photographs taken with a unique technique called microscope photography. After seeing this awe-inspiring photography, I had to learn more about it. It’s so fascinating; I just have to share it with you.

We’ve all seen the children’s movies where there is a whole world, a whole civilization living amongst us. Whether it’s ants, germs, little beasties, they are there and most of the time, we don’t even notice them.

Microscope photography is a hobby that allows us to bring that world to life, in vivid colors. It allows us to get a glimpse into that world that has been around us all our lives. The scientists describe this process in a much more technical format, calling it a way to bridge microbiology and photography. To me though, it seems more beautifully simplistic than that.

To take these kinds of photos, of course you’ll need a microscopic camera which has super crazy zoom power. Photography is quite an art, and experienced microscopic photographers make beautiful works of art with their photographs of spores, pollen, larva, worms, insects, embryos, plasma, and blades of grass – anything.

Once you look at some of these striking photographs, you’ll remember that it doesn’t take something really big for you to become really inspired.

The photo above is a microscopic photo of lobster eggs, taken by Tora Bardal.

This photo, entitled “Velcro Being Pulled Apart” is courtesy of Tracy E. Anderson

This photo of algae by Arlene Wechezak won 10th place in the 2009 Nikkon Small World Competition

This now famous photo of a mouse embryo at 18.5 days by Gloria Kwon won several awards in 2007

This photo of a fly (with what appears to be a mohawk) is courtesy of Solvin Zankl