Whichever you wish to photograph, the image can be made more dramatic with backlighting. For this shot I placed a simple desk lamp behind the specimen jar, lined up my iPhone on the other side, and snapped away.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Alex Wild is Curator of Entomology at the University of Texas at Austin, where he studies the evolutionary history of ants. In 2003 he founded a photography business as an aesthetic complement to his scientific work, and his natural history photographs appear in numerous museums, books and media outlets.