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The many facets of science photography

Photographing Uncooperative Insects: The Time-Out Trick

Photographing Uncooperative Insects: The Time-Out Trick

And now, the technique I find most useful in the studio for calming an overly active insect. I call it the time-out trick. It goes like this: Place the insect on a flat surface, confine it with an upside-down petri dish (you can buy them here) or a small glass, and wait.

March 12, 2014 — Alex Wild
What Aperture Does, In Two Photos

What Aperture Does, In Two Photos

Curious about why you’d want to pay attention to that f/number on your camera settings? Consider: Same subject, same lens, same camera, very different image.

February 18, 2014 — Alex Wild
40 years ago: our sister planet revealed

40 years ago: our sister planet revealed

On February 5, 1974, NASA’s Mariner 10 returned this surprising image of Venus. The photograph was the first to record our neighboring planet’s clouds in such detail, polar vortex and all.

February 5, 2014 — Alex Wild

Ants run vast honeydew ranches just under our feet

You may know the classic story about how ants and aphids live together in an ecological partnership. Aphids feed ants their excess sugars in the form of honeydew, and in return ants protect the aphids against predators and carry them to new host plants.

January 27, 2014 — Alex Wild
My best photographs of 2013

My best photographs of 2013

Since I made everyone else sharea selection of their best photos, it is only fair that I post my own favorites from the past year. Click on each to view large.

January 4, 2014 — Alex Wild

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