Thursday, 29 March 2012
A small update plus a number of old animals from a different angle
I haven't shown some images because they were kind of similar looking. I'll use this opportunity to share some news while displaying the last bits of my collection. The critter above is a cyclops seen from behind. The red dots in the eggs are eyes of the developing babies. Copepods are one of the most challenging objects for photography, but I still want to try with marine ones as they look more attractive. Well, (almost) everything in the ocean plankton is more photography-friendly to be honest. added: it's a personal preference, not to offend those fascinated by freshwater microscopic animals.
The first thing: there are some changes in my website... it's mostly about prices and selection of products. The major part is - now you can order from UK and it significantly cuts off the shipping costs for those living in Europe. At the moment of writing you will have to contact me to make it available though... will try to fix it as soon as I can.
Some good news for those who enjoyed the movie: it made into International Wildlife Movie Festival and will be seen by many bbc, animal planet, or simply other awesome filmmakers. Though the chances are low, but I still hope that this whole idea might attract attention. After all, it can be done some much better with real gear.
Coming back to the movie itself, just few images of animals from it. I was only uploading stacks, but sometimes (despite the tiny depth of field) it is possible to make out the shapes of the microscopic creatures from single frames.
It's a diptera larva, can't tell more precisely (sorry, ID of some animals is not easy without any id guides). In the movie the guts were flowing from one part of the body into another. Though it is not the cutest thing I've ever seen through the lenses, observing the anatomy of such transparent insects is a lot of fun.
And above you see a water bear. Unlike insect larvae they are cute and so funny. But making stacks out of them is totally impossible without being able to capture 30 shots within 1/100 of a second. They are unstoppable!
And an actual stack of an actually disgusting larva:
I really hope no one barfed while seeing it in the movie or here. But that's microscopic world... the tiny animals don't have a reason to be attractive-looking.
And few last notes:
My work has been featured in many websites all around the internet recently, thank you everyone who shared my images and story on their pages.
I had fun reading some of the comments. This one made me smile as some guy made a photoshop manipulation of a "mermaid" (Polychemus pediculus - original) and that's what he made.
Some news sites screwed up my pictures, for example daily mail that apparently only puts online scans of prints in awful quality... but whatever.