Human hair under the microscope

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Human Hair
Two intertwined human hair under the microscope. The original image. The field iris diaphragm is still visible at the corners.
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The power of image clean-up: dust and dirt removed.

The pictures on the right show you the original, unprocessed image at the top, and a second cleaned-up image with a nice background on the bottom. The top image shows darkened corers from the field diaphragm (from Köhler illumination). I closed the diaphragm quite a bit in order to increase image contrast (I intended to crop the image anyway). Then I did some processing in PhotoShop (or was it GIMP?). I selected the hair to remove dust and dirt and placed it on a nice blue gradient background. The most difficult part of the project was the making the hair knot and finding of an appropriate focus of the relatively thick sample. I did not do any image stacking (combining several images into one to get one final image which is sharp throughout).

2 thoughts on “Human hair under the microscope”

  1. This is the website I have been looking for!! I did some some m’scopy at uni, but not enough to make me competent. I’m now taking it up as a hobby, years later. Thankyou

  2. I’m interested in purchasing photos of human hair (poster size) for my hair salon. Do you have anything available or could you point me in the right direction. Thank you, Marlys Solbach (owner/operator)

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