Compound Eye

Compound Eye

The many facets of science photography

Thrifty Thursday: the honeycomb, the flashlight, and the iPhone


Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500.

[iPhone 4S - $330]

The recipe is simple:

1. Place comb upright so that both sides are exposed.

2. Point a flashlight to spotlight the comb.

3. Place the phone camera on the other side of the comb and take a picture.

The iPhone's small lens confers a distorted, almost fisheye perspective to the scene, while backlighting from the flashlight reinforces the effect. The hardest part, true story, was retrieving the comb without getting stung.


The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

Share this Article:


You must sign in or register as a member to submit a comment.

Starting Thanksgiving

Enter code: HOLIDAY 2015
at checkout

Get 20% off now! >


Email this Article