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The many facets of science photography

Is Google+ better for photographers?

I've been playing with Google+ the past couple weeks, and my conclusion is this: Yes. If photographers had to chose between sharing images on Google, Facebook, or Twitter, Google is the standout.Two aspects of Google's new social media network improve on the earlier sites, at least from the perspective of image-sharing: Most importantly, images look fantastic...

October 16, 2011 — Alex Wild

Thrifty Thursday: A Herd of Hoppers

Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500. [Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 - $241]A prairie ant ( Formica montana ) tends treehoppers ( Publilia sp.) for honeydew on the back of a sun-soaked leaf...

October 13, 2011 — Alex Wild

Simplicity = Winning in Nikon's Small World

[black & white modification from the original image by Andrew Gillis]I've been attempting, perhaps unwisely, to reverse-engineer the judging of Nikon's famous Small World competition...

October 10, 2011 — Alex Wild

Thrifty Thursday- Autumn in Two Dimensions

Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500. [HP deskjet F4280 printer/scanner - $150]Central Illinois is reaching peak color, and I've placed it on a flatbed scanner...

October 6, 2011 — Alex Wild

Nikon Announces Winners of 2011 Small World Competition

While science journalists' attention remains focused on the Nobel prizes, another set of awards- rather diminutive in scope- were also released this morning.Nikon has announced the 2011 winners of its prestigious Small World Photomicrography Competition...

October 4, 2011 — Alex Wild

Great Images In NASA

I often surf by NASA's website for the Image of the Day, but NASA's site holds an inexhaustible supply of imagery. One of my favorite sections is their historical collection, Great Images In NASA: is a taxpayer-supported agency, so these images appropriately have been placed in the public domain...

September 30, 2011 — Alex Wild

Thrifty Thursday: Freeze the action for under $500

Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500. [Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 - $241; Canon 430EX II speedlight - $208; Jasmine the Cat - priceless]I wouldn't ordinarily attempt this kind of precision shot with a cheap automatic camera...

September 29, 2011 — Alex Wild

Lighting a landscape photograph, pre-photoshop

And now, a photograph I took at a local park:Prairie is a visually subtle biome and, in my experience, one of the most difficult to photograph. It is at once both plain- a flat horizon with few salient landmarks- and hopelessly busy, packed with intricate textures...

September 28, 2011 — Alex Wild

How important are camera bodies?

Philip Ryan thinks Canon and Nikon should be worried: Sony has, once again, radically changed the world of DSLRs with its A77. Plus, it has done so without compromises in the shooting experience or in image quality...

September 27, 2011 — Alex Wild

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