Macrophotography is the photography of small things.
That’s the loose (and somewhat prosaic) definition anyway. In truth, there is no agreed upon standard for what constitutes a ‘macro’ photo — it’s rather subjective; c.f. the first three paragraphs of the Wikipedia “Macrophotography” page for a litany of conflicting and overlapping definitions.
My definition of what qualifies as “macro” is technical, but pretty loose. I use magnification as the figure of merit. Anything from about 1/5th to about 10x magnification qualifies as macro for me. Less than 1/5th magnification I’d consider “close-up” (highly scientific term) and greater than 10x I’d consider microscopy.
Now that we’ve defined our terms, here are a few macrophotographs of electronic stuff. All of them were a blast to shoot. I hope you enjoy them.
I got to attend another World MakerFaire this year at the New York Hall of Science. I had a great time and took a lot of pictures! The slideshow is embedded above, or you can just head over to the Flickr set to check ‘em out!
Every year, participants in the Burning Man Festival descend on the playa of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to form a temporary city — a self-reliant community populated by performers, artists, free spirits, and more. Last week, an estimated 68,000 people came to Burning Man 2013 from all over the world to dance, express themselves, and take in the spectacle. Gathered below are some of the sights from the festival, which lasted a week and came to its conclusion yesterday.
Researchers at NJIT’s Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO) in Big Bear, CA have obtained new and remarkably detailed photos of the Sun with the New Solar Telescope (NST). The photographs reveal never-before-seen details of solar magnetism revealed in photospheric and chromospheric features.
The physical design of the GoPro camera changed videography, as its small, wearable form factor gave rise to POV footage previously impossible to capture. It gifted us viewers with an entirely new visual experience of the world. Along those same lines, the software that enables what’s known as sequential photography is allowing us to see things that the human eye cannot naturally perceive. And produced by the right shooter, those things are freaking beautiful.
In this rare image taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn’s rings and our planet Earth and its moon in the same frame. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Roger Cicala at LensRentals posted this great piece about one of our favorite engineers: Harold “Doc” Edgerton
Today’s subject was the most prolific photo-inventor, ever. He had dozens of patents, and his patents generally were for groundbreaking new technology, not just minor refinements. No one, other than maybe Thomas Edison, worked in such a wide variety of fields. He won the Howard N. Potts and Albert A. Michelson Medals for scientific achievement and the National Medal of Science. He wrote dozens of scientific papers.
Best of all, he was a photographer before he ever invented anything, and remained a photographer his entire life. His images were included in the The Museum of Modern Art’s first photography exhibit, won a Bronze Medal from the Royal Photographic Society, and a short film won an Academy Award. He published books of fine art photographs.
He wasn’t just a great photographer and scientist. He just oozed all-around awesomeness. For example, when asked to provide a picture of himself, he created “Self Portrait with Balloon and Bullet.”
This movie clip shows Phobos, the larger of the two moons of Mars, passing overhead, as observed by NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity in a series of images centered straight overhead starting shortly after sunset. Phobos first appears near the lower center of the view and moves toward the top of the view. The clip runs at accelerated speed; the amount of time covered in it is about 27 minutes.
The 86 frames combined into this clip were taken by the rover’s Navigation Camera (Navcam) on the 317th Martian day of Curiosity’s work on Mars (June 28, 2013, PDT). The apparent ring about halfway between the center of the frames and the edges is an artifact of the imaging due to scattering of light inside the camera.
I’ve always been fascinated by the time slice technique (also known as “bullet time”). Probably the most famous version of this comes from a scene in the first Matrix film where Neo dodges a series of bullets. To capture this look the filmmakers set up an array of cameras that fired off at high speeds in sequence. After a lot of work interpolating frames (creating frames between frames) using an in-house software program (now known as Twixtor), they were able to achieve the final effect.