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The story of Earthrise

The story of Earthrise

Stop what you are doing and watch this: One of the most famous photographs of all time- the earth rising above the moon as seen from Apollo 8′s lunar orbit- was a lucky accident.

December 23, 2013 — Alex Wild
Thrifty Thursday: Through the Lens, Backwards

Thrifty Thursday: Through the Lens, Backwards

Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500. [iPhone 4S: $300 ; Canon EF 35mm f/2, reversed: $320 ] This week’s Thrifty Thursday features a wheel bug (Arilus cristatus)I found frozen in snow this afternoon on my porch...

December 19, 2013 — Alex Wild
Public Domain Day: January 1st

Public Domain Day: January 1st

Every year, on the first of January, copyrights on certain older creative works expire and the works pass into the public domain. In 2014, for example, a selection of pieces by writer Beatrix Potter and composer Sergei Rachmaninoff will, in some countries,become open for anyone to use, for any purpose, without prior permission...

December 10, 2013 — Alex Wild
Letters to my copyright infringers

Letters to my copyright infringers

Because you asked, these are real letters I have sent to people found using my photographs inappropriately. 1. The standard DMCA takedown I send about a dozen of these per week, usually to the web hosts of small pest control companies...

December 3, 2013 — Alex Wild
A fly with leg warmers

A fly with leg warmers

I like to think some of my photographs succeed for the technical skill and artistry I put into them. Others, it almost doesn’t matter what I do.

November 19, 2013 — Alex Wild
Why are copyright lawsuits ridiculously big?

Why are copyright lawsuits ridiculously big?

The answer can be found in this recent report from the U.S. copyright office: …federal court is effectively inaccessible to copyright owners seeking redress for claims of relatively low economic value, especially individual creators who are of limited resources...

November 5, 2013 — Alex Wild
13 Horrifying Ways to Die (If You’re an Arthropod)

13 Horrifying Ways to Die (If You’re an Arthropod)

Scared of insects, spiders, and other leggy arthropods? It could be worse. You could be one of them. At that size you face an array of dangers unlike anything you know from your comfortably large human existence...

October 31, 2013 — Alex Wild
Use this simple photographic trick to make tiny insect eggs look enormous

Use this simple photographic trick to make tiny insect eggs look enormous

Step 1. Wait at the eggs for a parasitoid wasp to arrive. Step 2. Photograph the wasp laying her own eggs into her target, like so: Step 3: Marvel at how a fully developed wasp in all her intricate detail is an order of magnitude smaller than the egg of a butterfly...

October 8, 2013 — Alex Wild
A simple backlighting trick for microscope photography

A simple backlighting trick for microscope photography

[The following is a guest post by entomologist Guilherme Ide Marques dos Santos, of the Museu de Zoologia da USP, Brazil] Scientific photography is an important part of many publications...

October 2, 2013 — Alex Wild
This is what friends are for…

This is what friends are for…

Following on from yesterday’s bite-fest, remember that the post only included selfies, and that photographing selfie-stingies can be difficult.

September 19, 2013 — Alex Wild
These are a few of my favorite stings…

These are a few of my favorite stings…

Since I photograph insects for a living, people frequently ask how often I get stung. The answer is, probably not as much as you’d think.

September 18, 2013 — Alex Wild

Digital Photo Processing: A Before and After

I don’t generally photoshop images beyond small crops and levels tweaks, especially for field and behavior projects. However, stylized studio work serves a different purpose, so I allow myself more digital liberties...

August 25, 2013 — Alex Wild
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