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Backroom – The Smithsonian Museum unveils its incredible collections. The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History has decided to unveil its massive collections with some impressive photographs, revealing the behind the scenes of this museum which contains over 126 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks and other objects.

Backroom – The Smithsonian Museum unveils its incredible collections

Some incredible photographs taken by photographer Chip Clark, who has documented the vast collections of the museum. Contemporary photography – ferns. Contemporary photography – ferns Posted on My name is Megan Jones I’m a university student studying contemporary photography.

contemporary photography – ferns

Brilliant Botany - mayahan: Photos Of Geometrical Plants For... Plant photography tips for botanical artists » The Irish Society of Botanical Artists. The author of this post is Bernard van Giessen ( Bernard is a professional photographer with over 30 years’ experience both in his native Holland and here in Ireland where he has lived for 13 years.

Plant photography tips for botanical artists » The Irish Society of Botanical Artists

In this post he provides hints and tips on macro photography, a useful tool for botanical artists who wish to record details for later reference. Macro photography–for example, close-ups of flowers and insects–requires the right combination of patience, favourable weather conditions, suitable backgrounds and some basic knowledge of your camera equipment and specific techniques. More important still is an awareness how we perceive the world around us. Just look at your subject for a little while before you whip out the camera. As you focus on your subject you may well discover details you would have missed if you had started to take pictures straight away.

The technical bits Briefly though: JPEG, TIFF and RAW are file formats and vary in quality and size. En plein air The Digital Darkroom Examples. 2015Feb181424256953BULB_LOG_0715.pdf. Seeing Seeds Up Close. Digitising Kew's microscope slide collection. Slide digitisation – what, why and how?

Digitising Kew's microscope slide collection

One of the major elements of Kew’s Science Strategy 2015-2020 is the digitisation of Kew’s diverse collections. Kew’s microscope slide collection is the largest of its kind worldwide, incorporating over 130,000 slides and representing a unique resource for trait analysis and plant authentication. The collection has been compiled over many decades, primarily from Kew's extensive living collections, herbarium collections and wood collection, but also from wild-sourced material and international exchanges. The fragile glass slides are stored in fire-resistant cabinets in the Jodrell Laboratory. They include thin sections of leaves, stems, roots, wood and flowers, and preparations of pollen grains and root tips displaying cell divisions.

Things on my Desk. The new year is upon us (if you follow the Gregorian Calendar) and it’s really exciting to look into the new year plans.

Things on my Desk

I myself will be starting a new project imaging both plants and fishes that are invasives within the Great Lakes region of North America. Earlier I had posted a fish of a paddlefish and someone asked if they were indeed invasive. I guess I should clarify that not everything I photograph will be invasive. The idea is to photograph everything in a genus if that genus includes a species that is invasive. But that paddlefish was an invasive though there are native paddlefish. Bark: An Intimate Look at the World’s Trees. By Maria Popova Tree bark may not sound like the most exciting or relatable of subjects but, in fact, it is both.

Bark: An Intimate Look at the World’s Trees

Not only do we come in contact with it constantly in our daily lives, from cinnamon to cork to chewing gum to rubber, but it’s also a hauntingly beautiful, textured piece of living matter that looks like the skin of some magnificent mythical dragon. The Mystical World of Mushrooms - Album on Imgur. Light: Vorticella. Protozoa are single-celled animals found throughout the world in many different habitats.

Light: Vorticella

The name protozoa means "first animals," and they play a key role in maintaining and balance of bacteria, algae, and other microbial life. This photograph illuminates one particular type of protozoa called vorticella. In this image, a technique called "dark field microscopy" was used. This technique blocks out the direct light from the source, so that only light scattered by the specimen is observed, enabling brilliant bright images to be seen again a dark background. MRI Scanned Fruits & Vegetables. Antarctica. Alexander Semenov Continues to Photograph the Earth’s Most Fragile Marine Wildlife Near the Arctic Circle.

Eutonina indicans / © Alexander Semenov For the last several years, marine photographer Alexander Semenov (previously) has lead the divers team at Moscow State University’s White Sea Biological Station located just south of the Artic Circle.

Alexander Semenov Continues to Photograph the Earth’s Most Fragile Marine Wildlife Near the Arctic Circle

Semenov directs scientific dives in extremely cold and harsh conditions to document sea creatures seldom seen anywhere else on Earth. Photography: Sedition in the stores. French National Museum of Natural History, Paris.

Photography: Sedition in the stores

Until 18 January 2016. Robert Doisneau/Gamma-Rapho via Getty The Funeral Procession of the Jaguar: a technician transports a specimen in 1943. In 1942, French photographer Robert Doisneau (perhaps best known for his image of a couple kissing outside the Hotel de Ville) was commissioned to record life behind the scenes at the various arms of the National Museum of Natural History (MNHN) in Paris.

Most of the images have never been published. The Jefferson Grid (@the.jefferson.grid) High-resolution microscope images from Nikon Small World.