Wide Field Imaging

Kugler_20160229_IMG_0814 PanoramaThe image you see in the above was taken by a procedure called Wide Field Imaging. Wide Field Imaging can be accomplished by taking several images of a subject of your own choice. This is generally done to obtain high amounts of detail and the whole subject at the same time. Many photographers tend to use 10x objectives for their choice of magnification so that the images taken say around 100, causing the final compile to have a smaller file size. After obtaining the images, there are several ways to process them, Photoshop, PTGui, or any other panoramic photo stacking application. For the best results have a 50% overlap in subject matter between each image.Kugler_20160229_IMG_0907

The subject is a Nymphaea water lily. The piece above is a Sclereid. It is a type of stone cell. They help support and conduct water through out the plant.

The piece below is a vein. Unlike humans, it doesn’t carry blood. Instead it transports water and food to keep the plant well nourished.Kugler_20160229_IMG_0911-4 copy

Science and the Snowflake

Greetings, for you have found your way to this post. You may ask who I am and what I am doing here. So for those who don’t know, I am Teresa Kugler. I’m in my second year at RIT, studying to receive a degree in Biomedical Photographic Communications. Wow, that really can be a mouthful. Anyway getting back to the real topic of this post, why I love photography.

Here is some background on photography. Photography has many different applications, from photojournalism, to ad photography, and even scientific imaging, there are several variations so it’s hard to mention them all. Photography, in a general sense, is a single shot application while scientific imaging involves many pictures that will create one image, for example, a panorama. However, understand that the subject matter doesn’t make something a scientific photograph. There is not a real definition of the two since it changes from person to person, but a great comparison is the not all fingers are thumbs but all thumbs are fingers mentality. Not all photographic images are scientific images, but all scientific images are photographic.

One of my favorite photographs is one by Dr. Kenneth G. Libbrecht. He is a professor of physics at Caltech who studies the growth patterns and crystal formation of snowflakes. When most people see these photographs they assume it is Fine Art photography but don’t let the subject matter fool you. Dr. Libbrecht has created a recipe of temperature and humidity to create his “designer” snowflakes. If you would like to see them grow here is a link: http://www.snowcrystals.com/videos/videos.html. Hope you enjoy!

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