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Compound Eye

The many facets of science photography

Into the Public Domain

Into the Public Domain

In honor of January 1st being Public Domain Day, I am releasing a few of my older images from copyright: These images are now available for all uses, including commercial use, without the need for attribution or permission...

January 1, 2015 — Alex Wild
My Personal Best Photographs of 2014

My Personal Best Photographs of 2014

2014 was a busy year, and an odd one in terms of subject matter. Usually my stream is full of ants. I am trained as an ant biologist, after all, and these charming social insects typically weigh heavily in my photographs (see 2013, 2012, 2011)...

December 31, 2014 — Alex Wild
January 1 is Public Domain Day!

January 1 is Public Domain Day!

[The following piece is a modified repost from 2013] Every year, on the first of January, copyrights on certain older creative works expire and the works pass into the public domain.

December 26, 2014 — Alex Wild

These Spider Fangs Aren't Going To Photograph Themselves

Here is a photograph of a Sydney funnel-web spider, Atrax robustus: I won’t explain the biology of this delightful animal here – you may read about it at Wikipedia in greater arachnological detail. Instead, I want to show the process by which I arrived at this composition...

August 13, 2014 — Alex Wild

The Secret to Successful Science Photography: Access

If you spend time reading online photography fora, which you do because you’re here, you will already know the key to great photos is owning the Canikon Extended 15-1000mm F1.2 Stabilized Howitzer XL III...

July 31, 2014 — Alex Wild

Wasps Are Our Friends: Part IV

When most people think of wasps, they imagine a stereotypically striped stinging insect. Such wasps are part of the family Vespidae, but they are, in fact, a minority of species and unrepresentative of their order...

July 2, 2014 — Alex Wild

How To Pick A Photoshopped Firefly

Now that firefly season is sparking up our eastern and midwestern summer evenings, I am starting to see not just the insects themselves but the attendant media buzz.

June 28, 2014 — Alex Wild
Selling the Public Domain

Selling the Public Domain

Teachers Pay Teachers is a freewheeling online market where entrepreneurial educators sell lesson plans, powerpoints, and other didactic materials to each other.

June 26, 2014 — Alex Wild

Wasps Are Our Friends: Part III

You might think an insect with an extra pointy derriere would pack a fearsome sting, but you’d be wrong. The extended rear appendage of the crown-of-thorns wasp is not a stinger but an egg-laying organ, the ovipositor, used to reach beetle grubs chewing through the wood below...

June 23, 2014 — Alex Wild

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