Coffee Drip Printer

My name is Krit Upra and I am a third year with a double major in Biomedical Photography and Fine Art Photography. I picked a scientific image that shares my varying majors. The image below was created using scientific knowledge and printed in an unusual way. Fine Art is all about using different mediums to create imagery. The combination between the two types of photography is very alluring and combining them leads to unique results.

A scientific image allows you to see the beauty and the technical aspects that make up the subject in the photograph. The beauty of this type of imagery is that you can learn something about a particular object. What you photograph can help identify what is wrong with someone or show new undiscovered information. The technology we have today allows us to see what we cannot see with the naked eye, thus broadening our knowledge of the world around us.

The image that I got permission to use by Ted Kinsman, an assistant professor who has experience in optical engineering and physics, is prints from a x-y axis printer. The printer was made by controlling a solenoid liquid valve and can print with anything and on anything. Prints shown in the picture below are made with coffee drips. Several functions of the printer can change allowing the drip size and nozzle distance to be altered to your specifications.


The Science Image

My name is Abigail Semler. I am currently a second year biomedical photographic communications major at Rochester Institute of Technology. I am very interested in eyes, science and photography, so that is why I chose RIT for college. I also plan to continue my education in medical school, studying ophthalmology.

A scientific image is different from other genres of photography because science is about knowledge. A science photograph can give someone insight to biology, chemistry, medicine or astronomy. The images for science may not be the prettiest or aesthetically pleasing but they can teach someone something or a cure for a disease can be seen with an image. A science image also usually contains a scale for reference. In science photography there are many different ways to capture an image, you can use a normal camera, a microscope, scanning electron microscope, and many other imaging devices.

The image I am providing is from Dennis Kunkel Ph.D. Mr. Kunkel has 44 years of research experience in neurobiology, botany, zoology, microbiology, material science, limnology, aquatic biology, and entomology. He also has 40 years of experience in microscopy techniques and microscopy, also he has specializations in light microscopy, transmission and electron scanning microscopy.

The image that Mr. Kunkel allowed me to use is an SEM image of a human brain tumor/cancer cells. This image really interested me because of the way the cells looked and because I’m very interested in medicine.

Electron micrograph provided by Dennis Kunkel Ph.D at Dennis Kunkel Microscopy, Inc. Please visit his website and see more images:
Electron micrograph provided by Dennis Kunkel Ph.D at Dennis Kunkel Microscopy, Inc.
Please visit his website and see more images: 

The Scientific Image

Hello all, this is Karla Mueller. I am a second year student in Biomedical Photographic Communications. Among my interests are taking pictures (naturally), being outside, & hanging out with friends. To me, a scientific image is an image that is taken for analytical reasons, to draw more information out of a subject visually, & sometimes with variations of light other than standard full spectrum light. However, I believe that there is still aesthetic beauty in scientific images, for nature itself is beautiful to me. I requested permission to use an image of cross-polarization, one of the most beautiful ways to bend light for scientific applications, but the photographer has not yet responded to my inquiry.

(Note: I apologize for posting so late, there were a lot of problems with my sign-in information)

Blog Post 1: An Introduction

Osmundacaulis w2Image by Giraud Foster and Norman Barker via

My name is Alessandra Suchodolski. I am a second year student at RIT working towards a Bachelor of Science in Photographic and Imaging Technology, with a focus in Biomedical Photographic Communications.

Although the above image may look like an abstract painting, it is actually a scientific photograph of a tree fern from the Jurassic period. Giraud Foster and Norman Barker are the photographers credited with creating this image. This photograph can be found in their book: Ancient Microworlds, as well as on their website. 

A scientific photograph must have certain attributes. This is an exemplary example of a scientific photograph because it, along with others in their book, were all made using a standardized approach. This includes, but is not limited to, using the same camera, lens, and lighting techniques. In order for a photograph to be scientific it must also adhere to specific editing guidelines. It is a scientific photographers’ duty to create photographs that are informative as well as accurate. This requires that only global adjustments be made, when editing photographs. This also means that the subject in the photograph should closely resemble the subject in real life. Scientific images are also required to be duplicable, so including how to made the photographs on their website reiterates why this image represents a scientific photograph.

If you want to see other incredible photographs, learn more about the authors, discover how they created this photograph, as well as learn some tips and tricks of how you can create your own photograph like this one, then go to


Photomicrography: Viewing the Invisible

My name is Nick Mailhot, and I am a second year Imaging and Photographic Technology student. I am always interested in finding new ways to push the envelope of what is possible in the fields of photography and Imaging. I am currently learning about scientific photography.

Scientific Photography is all about finding the most effective way to communicate visual data in an academic setting. There are many techniques that photographers and scientists use to capture these images. One of these techniques is photomicrography, which involves using a camera to capture images formed by a light microscope. These microscopes are capable of magnifying an object to several times its actual size, which is useful for investigating unique characteristics and traits about a sample that would be invisible to the naked eye.

I recently came across a photographer by the name of Bernando Cesare, who uses photomicrography to study the crystalline structures of sugars found in some beverages, as well as the intricate structures that occur naturally in geological samples. His work has been featured in a number of places, and has even been recognized by National Geographic. Cesare has also won many awards for his work. (I have contacted Bernando about including a sample of his work in this blog post, and am ecstatic to be able to display it when it becomes available.) You can view some of his astounding work here at

Scientific Photography for our 3D World

My name is Jonathan Kozak and I am a third year student in the Photographic and Imaging Technologies Program. Being a bachelor of science student in an art school can present you with can only be described as a bit of an identity crisis when trying to explain your major to other people. However despite this, our curriculum creates a unique environment that stresses a fusion of art and data rather than one or the other.

In the past year, I have found myself enraptured with a technology that combines scientific functionality with a deliverable that is used in many creative workflows. Close Range 3D photogrammetry is the process of taking multiple images from a variety of angles around a subject and combining them to create a scalable and accurate 3D model.

The Geologic Resources division of the National Parks Service has invested in using 3D Photogrammetry for creation and measurement of a variety of assets. The Parks Service has created a variety of models that are viewable by the public on their website. Subjects can cover a variety of topics and make cultural and geologic resources more available to everyone. These models are not only striking representations of real world objects that can serve to educate those who do not have the opportunity to view them in real life, but they also provide valuable insight when viewing objects over time. 3D models created by Parks Service can be used to track degradation of resources and artifacts over time. These efforts tailor their conservation methods and help to preserve the amazing cultural and natural landmarks of our country. (I am currently working with a representative of the NPS Photogrammetry team to obtain an example model, and I am very excited to post it to the blog when it becomes available)

More than a Snapchat…

Good day everybody! This is the first of several hopefully entertaining blog posts documenting my class this semester. Anyway. My name is Ryan Flanagan, currently I am a second year Imaging and Photographic Technologies student. I would say at this point I know a few things about photography and its applications in our lives. You can use it for advertising, documenting, blackmailing, cats…etc. The list seems to drag on forever. Photography is so common today we forget how much it impacts our lives.

What I try to key into is photography for the reason of learning and research, discovering wonders that can’t physically be perceived by the human eye. This is the basis of what I would call a scientific photo. Obviously there are technical aspects to it like proper depth of field, reference scale and all that stuff but it goes so much father then that. Photos such as these open up the world and areas even farther in our universe. You are taking data and research and mixing it with photography to help people see amazing things that in their lifetime would never have seen. It connects the world in ways that were once thought to be impossible.

A great example of this is a photo that I found by Sandro Meucci.  It shows an image of a defect on an elastomeric structure taken on a scanning electron microscope or SEM. It was part of his research that consisted of working with artificial micro-environments for cell-culturing. The work is beautiful but also extremely useful for research. Without this scientific image we wouldn’t be able to see this microscopic defect, now that it is perceivable we can now figure out ways to solve the issue and advance further into this amazing discovery.   sciphoedit

Photography and Science

Hello, my name is Christopher Contreras, and I am a 4th year student at RIT majoring in Imaging and Photographic Technology. A little more about myself is that I’m from Los Angeles, California and originally started my undergraduate career as an Electrical Engineering Major. Many people see my jump into Photo Sciences as pretty drastic, however I’ve seen quite a few overlaps already, and found my balance in photography and science within my new major. I started getting into photography when I was 16 years old, originally through videography, but found I was better at creating images than videos. Since then, my skills and scope of photography has increased drastically.

There are many people that see science and photography as something that wouldn’t mix. This is mostly due to seeing photography as solely an art. Meanwhile there are many methods of art in photography, scientific photography is one that differs. Yes, it is possible to use scientific photography as art as well, but the primary use helps us advance in the sciences. The main goal of scientific photography is to help see, study, and analyze different scientific subjects in our world and even outside of it. Sometimes it is only through images that we may be able to see certain scientific phenomena. Another interesting aspect of scientific photography is that it is not always done with just a normal camera. There are so many different ways of capturing and image whether it be through an electron scanning microscope or a large telescope.

The image that I would like to show, but however am waiting on a response from it’s creator, is a photomicrograph of Vitamin B12 crystals by Stefan Eberhard. The image shows the different crystalline structures of the vitamin as well as the color that it creates when placed in polarized light. The image itself may not serve scientific purpose as the creator has noted, however it is a perfect example of what we can see through scientific imaging. If you would like to see a section of his gallery that also contains the image, you can find it here.

Michael S. Engel

As a 3rd year Biomedical Photographic Communications major, this is will be my first blog to explain to people what I do for my major, instead of people telling me “oh, you are just a photographer”. Scientific photography uses different techniques to record images for documentary purposes. The images must contain standardized imaging practices and globalized editing.

Michael S. Engel, who is an American paleontologist and entomologist, also devotes his work in insect evolution and classification. Michael has an enormous insect collection and wrote a book on his work.

Michael S. Engel is a very busy scientist and professor. I am a very lucky student to have his permission to display one of his images in my first blog. Unfortunate, due to his hard drive failure years ago, the image below is simply a screen shot of the original image. The image below was made with a digital SLR camera, using fiber-optic electronic flash illumination. This is the large male Cuckoo Bee, 6 times larger than its life size. Michael focuses his fieldwork mostly in Asia; his collection is so valuable that it was put on display in museums.

Here is his website link:

By Michael S. Engel

By Michael S. Engel

The Slowest, and Fastest, High-Speed Camera

Femto photography allows us to see how photons behave, in a visual format.
Femto photography allows us to visualize how light behaves, using an array of image sensors to capture the movement of bullets of light fired from a laser.

Hello everyone! My name is Andrew Palmer, and I’m majoring in Imaging and Photographic Technologies. I’ve been doing photography in some form or another for the better part of a decade, and love everything about creating images. Previously, I was working at Aberdeen Proving Ground as a photographer and videographer for Jacobs Technology. I also was a lab manager for a few years at my local community college, which involved managing computers, equipment checkout for students, and assisting students in completing their projects.

I wanted to share with everyone something I think is a really interesting topic, called femto-photography. This method of imaging allows us to visualize the propagation of light. Using a pulsing laser that fires roughly around every 13 nanoseconds, a streak camera is triggered that captures images down to the picosecond. Then the images are stitched together, allowing us to view the motion of light. Effectively, the camera speed is about a trillion frames per second. Neato!

The potential uses of this technology are promising, in fields such as medical imaging, industrial imaging and machine vision, to computational photography— where it can be used to render and relight photos using computer graphics. It also serves a valuable educational tool, as we can actually now see how light behaves as it bounces off objects, is absorbed, diffracted, and gain a greater appreciation for what we see.

I’d like to thank Ramesh Raskar’s assistant Margaret Church, for keeping in contact with me and granting permission for the use of showing the exciting work Dr. Raskar’s been working on. I also would like to thank the tireless efforts of the team working on the project, as well as the femto-photography members who make all this hard work possible. If anyone is interested, they should check out their website to learn more.