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by Aenima
Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: vaginicola oblique
Replies: 7
Views: 1067

Re: vaginicola oblique

Hi Aenima, nice video, I don't care for the white balance. It is beautiful how they move synchronously most of the time. You oblique setup gives a nice contrast. Do you use a video editing software? With Magix Deluxe 2016 Plus you can make changes to white balance, contrast, sharpening etc. Bob Ooh...
by Aenima
Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: vaginicola oblique
Replies: 7
Views: 1067

Re: vaginicola oblique

thanks guys i agree, very interesting to watch the synch'd movements of creatures like this - i suspect they both reacted to the same stimuli - possibly a vibration of the microscope stage...? I often deliberately tap the stage to elicit that type of response from say a Rotifer or Vorticella :P alth...
by Aenima
Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: vaginicola oblique
Replies: 7
Views: 1067

vaginicola oblique

An old-ish recording from a couple months back, i originally ditched it due to botching the white balance/colour balance - leaving a pinkish off-white tone - but as my local pond seems dead for the winter i'm looking back and lowering my standards :p for usable footage. I still dislike the colour bu...
by Aenima
Sun Dec 02, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Amoeba (arcella?) 'walking'
Replies: 14
Views: 1381

Re: Amoeba (arcella?) 'walking'

ImperatorRex wrote:Wonderful videos!
thanks man :) :)
by Aenima
Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Amoeba (arcella?) 'walking'
Replies: 14
Views: 1381

Re: Amoeba (arcella?) 'walking'

75RR wow - thats really weird, i actually mentioned spiderman in my youtube description accompanying the upload, and now i find your link goes to a similarly described amoeba - and a very close comparison too. Thank you 75RR, a big help :) microbob - indeed very true - timelapse nature footage being...
by Aenima
Sat Dec 01, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Amoeba (arcella?) 'walking'
Replies: 14
Views: 1381

Re: Amoeba (arcella?) 'walking'

Hi Aenima, the first one is a Centropyxis most probably aculeata. thanks :) i looked it up and it seems bang-on Second one ?? I wonder if phase contrast is the right method for this kind of object? yeah it's very unattractive, especially the murky looking shell (test?) but i sometimes like the high...
by Aenima
Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Amoeba (arcella?) 'walking'
Replies: 14
Views: 1381

Re: Amoeba (arcella?) 'walking'

cheers fellas - yeah, i did find a lot of the amoebas were rather slow moving, although i did find one that blew me away - it wasn't just fast moving, it also had strange thin and numerous pseudo-pods that seemed to be shooting outwards [a bit] like mini grappling hooks - at least that was how i ima...
by Aenima
Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Amoeba (arcella?) 'walking'
Replies: 14
Views: 1381

Re: Amoeba (arcella?) 'walking'

That is awesome. mnmyco thanks :) i just uploaded another vid of the same kind of amoeba but using a phase contrast objective (mismatched condenser but still works okay) - actually, since getting hold of the parts to make phase contrast i've been searching out amoebas and recording various species,...
by Aenima
Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Amoeba (arcella?) 'walking'
Replies: 14
Views: 1381

Amoeba (arcella?) 'walking'



I love the way amoebas move, and especially when they appear to get up and walk :P :geek:


video sped up to 4x speed.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqR_qeFz ... e=youtu.be
by Aenima
Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Scone Surprise - YUK
Replies: 13
Views: 1229

Re: Scone Surprise - YUK

wow - no idea about the technical aspects or biology of it, but the images are certainly pretty.
I had no clue that fungus was so attractive up close. Lovely shots.
by Aenima
Thu Nov 29, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Illumination Techniques
Topic: Imaging with a DSLR
Replies: 4
Views: 1811

Re: Imaging with a DSLR

yeah ISO 800-1600 is good for astro, (long exposures and pixel integration/stacking) but for most other types of photography these ISO values are quite high - i would aim to use 100 - 200 ISO unless very fast shutter speeds are needed, say for moving subjects (pond-critters etc) - but even then its ...
by Aenima
Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Small fly
Replies: 10
Views: 1854

Re: Small fly

nice result from simple equipment :)
by Aenima
Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Cyanobacteria - Gloeotrichia
Replies: 17
Views: 3200

Re: Cyanobacteria - Gloeotrichia

wow - awesome shots - really like them
by Aenima
Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: My first symbiotic ciliate - probably
Replies: 12
Views: 2031

Re: My first symbiotic ciliate - probably

great shot indeed - i've also seen these in my own samples - i noticed they appear to have two 'modes' of behavior; sometimes zipping around, and other times remaining still for quite a while with their insides swirling around in circular motion, this is the best time to get images i think. :) They ...
by Aenima
Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: pond life,beginer's pictures
Replies: 17
Views: 3223

Re: pond life,beginer's pictures

all good shots - really like that darkfield one :) any idea what that insect is?
by Aenima
Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: snail shell
Replies: 10
Views: 1539

Re: snail shell

Rodney wrote:I made a few changes and increased the magnification with this photo of the fossil snail. i`m not sure what the species is.
Rodney
oh wow, that shot is very much improved, can see the lovely textures on the white area(s) - thanks for sharing
by Aenima
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: snail shell
Replies: 10
Views: 1539

Re: snail shell

75RR wrote:Very nice! What background did you use, black flocking paper?
Thanks 75RR - I just placed the shell on a slide and removed the condenser below it, leaving it hanging in semi-darkness - then darkening the background even more when editing :)

Rodney,looks interesting and seems to have a nice texture
by Aenima
Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: snail shell
Replies: 10
Views: 1539

Re: snail shell

Thank u Bryan and Rodney - Bryan, yeah i used focus stacking for the snail shell, I think it's the main method that is used for DOF, besides using camera lenses at extremely high aperture settings i don't know any other way to achieve it. :) each frame in the shell image was a stack of around 30 to ...
by Aenima
Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:24 am
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: new POL crystal mirror image
Replies: 6
Views: 1117

Re: new POL crystal mirror image

thanks esmacro - btw just realised your instagram has the macro stuff - i followed the page without really putting 2 and 2 together lol but wow, amazing macro shots!

Anyway, a few more kaleidoscope pol shots -
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by Aenima
Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: snail shell
Replies: 10
Views: 1539

snail shell

pano tiny snail shell - with 2.5x leitz - 5 or 6 panels stitched - size reduced to upload - thanks for looking :)
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flickr link https://flic.kr/p/2c2bh1a

ExtraZoom link to 8000px http://extrazoom.com/image-100450.html?s=ln50x50
by Aenima
Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: new POL crystal mirror image
Replies: 6
Views: 1117

Re: new POL crystal mirror image

awesome, great advice, thank u - yeah i've considered using something with more suction power like a plastic syringe with plunger - but also the idea of using cotton as a filter inside the dropper/syringe is very good. I should be able to find these things online - thanks again (Y) :)
by Aenima
Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: new POL crystal mirror image
Replies: 6
Views: 1117

Re: new POL crystal mirror image

What a nice Kaleidoscope! how did you project the image to create the symmetric pattern? is it done in software, or hardware optics? Please tell. thanks Hobbyst46 - yes its just copy and pasted in photo editor. paste 3 extra copies and rotate into position - i've started taking the shots with this ...
by Aenima
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: new POL crystal mirror image
Replies: 6
Views: 1117

new POL crystal mirror image

Continuing the idea for creating pictures from Pol crystal shots by mirroring the source image into symmetrical end results. REALLY must thank Hobbyst46 for the suggestion to use ethanol to dissolve paracetamol - also working on other medication, in this case a painkiller containing paracetamol aspi...
by Aenima
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Malic Acid crystal explorations in polarized light [Large file warning]
Replies: 10
Views: 1912

Re: Malic Acid crystal explorations in polarized light [Large file warning]

amazing results - and yeah, have to agree they do look like they could have been painted by an artist. :)

great pics, congrats :)
by Aenima
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Amoeba meets its nemesis
Replies: 9
Views: 1418

Re: Amoeba meets its nemesis

wow, interesting capture ! I've seen something like this myself - or at least part of it. Had the appearance of a cilliate 'trapped' inside a round shell or membrane - twitching and spinning around - i got the feeling that if i watched it long enough i'd see it 'hatch'? Might be related or might not...
by Aenima
Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Amobeae tests (fresh water)
Replies: 15
Views: 1919

Re: Amobeae tests (fresh water)

awesome shots - nice shapes to them, and nice colourings :)
did any have the amoeba inside? i was lucky enough to find one with the amoeba still inside it the other night :P but i don't find many like that for some reason.
by Aenima
Sat Sep 29, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Pol crystal mirror abstract
Replies: 7
Views: 1037

Re: Pol crystal mirror abstract

...Basically, in the absence of proper lab skills to make crystal POL images... May I suggest an easy crystal POL experiment that requires neither lab skill nor special tools. Take a paracetamol drug capsule or pill (Tylenol or any other brand name). If a capsule, open it and pour the powder into a...
by Aenima
Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Beginner's corner
Topic: Old brand microscope vs new less famous brand microscope
Replies: 8
Views: 1916

Re: Old brand microscope vs new less famous brand microscope

a plus 1 for the 'used' side - i saw a leitz Plan Apo 25x objective for £60 on ebay today :P this kind of bargain optic sways it in my opinion - i did have the same question as you when i first started recently, and am glad i listened to the folks on here and bought an older scope. For photography i...
by Aenima
Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Pol crystal mirror abstract
Replies: 7
Views: 1037

Re: Pol crystal mirror abstract

cheers guys :) it works better with some images than others - i added a few more to my flickr page from that same slide - i did like the grey and stony effect that it has. Although admittedly many of them weren't great by themselves, hence the photoshop! haha :D MicroBob - yeah that pretty much nail...
by Aenima
Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Pol crystal mirror abstract
Replies: 7
Views: 1037

Pol crystal mirror abstract

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1966/44234230934_dbffffe549_k.jpg Polarised crystal abstract 1 by Jay Bird , on Flickr Just something i've been messing around with. Basically, in the absence of proper lab skills to make crystal POL images, i bodged together a slide and took a different approach to g...