Animal

glass spider

Theridion melanurum, a spider with a 3mm body. The image is composed of about 3000 images each taken through crossed polaroid filters with a twenty second exposure.
Deep structures, like hairs, required 250 photographs, at different depths of field with one slice in focus, stacked together to create sharp focus throughout. Then, like a panorama shot, 125 of these were stitched together to create the complete image. The original magnification was x200.

A close up of the fangs and jaws at x400. Here seen with transmitted light.

Fangs and teeth Spider’s fangs and teeth

The fangs articulate (move) outwards and inject venom into the victim. This paralyses and digests the prey. It then uses its teeth, which are not bone but part of their exoskeleton, to cut into their prey before sucking up the liquified tissue.

 

Same spider, but this time but the spider is between crossed polaroid filters.  Mainly an artistic descision this time, but you can see the hollow of the venom tube more clearly.

Spider-venom-tubes-Crossed-Polars

Ant Overlord

Ant photographed at x80 using several images. Normal reflected light image. The ant was sat on its bottom, or gaster, on a slide that had been blacked out with black plastic. To hold it in position the ant was gently stuck to some double sided sticky tape. Little bits of fluff gave a starfield effect. Type in “insect overlords Simpson’s” to google to watch a clip that seems strangely relevant and gave this image its title.

 Fly neck. Did you know flies had necks? Did you know that they are beautiful? Single shot taken at x200

Fly Neck

 

He sells snails shells from the garden floor. Just the shell from a long dead garden snail. Taken using normal transmitted light a 2mm snail shell at x 80 magnification. A composite about 1400 images made up of 20 stacks, each stack about 70 images deep. It can printed up to 85 cm square.

Three Strands of Jack’s Hair

Jack's Hair

Three strands of Jack’s Hair

My son’s (macroscopically red) hair. The image was taken through crossed polaroids. Only light that has been twisted by the keratin in the hair is visible. Hair has three parts, medulla in the middle, cortex around this and cuticle around that. These three parts have been made visible in the three colours of the central hair in the image. The image was originally photographed at x200 magnification and the central hair is 64 microns or 0.064mm wide.

Triangle , crossed polars.

Red Human Hair

A triangle formed by three strands of my hair.

Blue and Gold Maccaw feathers kindly obtained through a collaboration with https://sheprethwildlifepark.co.uk/

Here at x100 via transmitted polarised light.

Blue and Gold Maccaw feather x100

Blue and Gold Maccaw, this time x200, again polarised light, but this time using a wave retarder which shifts the colours illuminating and transmitting throught the feathers.

Blue and Gold Maccaw Feather, x200

Again the Blue and Gold Maccaw feather but this time normal relfected and transmitted light. Here you can see both scales of the barb and its structural (non-pigmented) blue colour this time a close up at x400.

Blue and Gold Maccaw feather x400

Blue and Gold Maccaw feather x400

 

Wolf Spider. The eyes have it.

This hunting spider has eight eyes as well as eight legs. Two big front facing to give binocular vision for judging distance. The two on each side of the head are to spot birds and other predators, mainly motion.
As to the small four in a row, I’ve still yet to read good information. They do give it a formidable look though….

Wolf Spider

The spider was about 7mm and the image is contructed from about 1400 images using reflected light.