Magic of Photomicrography

Polish photographer, Marek Miś, has developed a technique for photographing living and inanimate microorganisms, plant tissues and micro crystals directly through the eyepiece of a microscope. You may have seen his awarding winning photographs in either the Nikon Small World Competition or the Olympus BioScapes Competition.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Crustacean (Nauplius) Polarized light micrograph by Marek Mis
Crustacean (Nauplius) Polarized Light by Marek Mis
Abstract of the drug Rywanol by Marek Mis
Abstract of the drug Rywanol by Marek Mis
Longitudinal stem cross-section of nettle polarized light micrograph by Marek Mis
Longitudinal stem cross-section of nettle polarized light by Marek Mis
Rotifer created using Rheinberg illumination by Marek Mis
Rotifer created using Rheinberg illumination by Marek Mis
Polarized light micrograph showing a sectioned stem of a young apple tree plant Marek Mis
Polarized light micrograph showing a section stem apple tree plant Marek Mis
Desmid (Micrasterias) by Marek Mis
Desmid (Micrasterias) by Marek Mis

Marek’s microphotographs are made using various lighting techniques – bright field, dark field, phase contrast, Rheinberg illumination, polarized light, oblique illumination and mixed techniques.  To see more of Marek Mis’s work go to this URL: http://www.mismicrophoto.com/plants.php

Confocal microphoto of a barnacle appendage by Igor Siwanowicz
Confocal microphoto of a barnacle appendage by Igor Siwanowicz

German photographer, Dr. Igor Siwanowicz who works at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology specializing in invertebrate photography, has succeeded in showing the world there is beauty of form in the insect world.

Confocal microphoto showing detail of a foot of a giant diving beetle by Igor Siwanowicz
Confocal microphoto showing detail of a foot of a giant diving beetle by Igor Siwanowicz

You can see a more complete portfolio of Igor Siwanowicz’s work here:

http://photo.net/photodb/member-photos?user_id=1783374

There is a indeed a whole magical world of images to be seen and created through a microscope.

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