Macro

We got the most adorable tiny microscopes in class. They are at most 30x and have a little LED attachment. You can slide the lens apparatus back and forth in its case in order to “zoom” or retract. It is quite simple, basically a magnifying glass with a few extra lens elements. Sample images: Camera…

Invasion of the Oxygen Monsters

The first self-induced extinction was caused by bacterial oxygen waste. Since that era, the Earth has been completely overtaken by hideous oxy-philes, and they show no sign of leaving. But my fellow sub-cultures, we can take back our planet! Though in general multi-cellular organisms are untrustworthy and greedy, we have finally found a kindred spirit.…

Black and White

Black and White digital photos reveal more detail than color photos of the same scene. They have three times as much detail, because they do not have to split data processing over three different colors. Instead, every sensor can just look for brightness and contrast. Since I wanted to explore color registration later, I looked…

ReNatured reading response

The Human Bumblebee Pollan writes ambiguously. “While [humans] were nailing down consciousness…[plants were] inventing photosynthesis”(Introduction, xix) This implies a contemporaneous relationship, but photosynthesis has been around ever since cells started engulfing other cells. In fact, plants only got their chloroplasts by swallowing up a photosynthetic bacteria (600 million years ago, give or take). Nature has…

Focal depth (with a 5D mark II)

First of all, the Canon 5DMII is a beast of a camera. And its buttons have different functions in different camera states. So here is what I learned about changing the 3 Big Ones (ISO, shutter speed, focal depth): ISO: Offers you much too high ISO. Don’t go above 1600 folks, it just isn’t worth…