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Thrifty Thursday: A Reminder of Summer

Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500. [Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3; $180]The secret to taking beautiful photographs with inexpensive digicams is to exploit what the little cameras do well (an impressive depth of field) and avoid situations that bring out their weak points...

January 10, 2013 — Alex Wild

A quick spin with Sigma's 10mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens

I have new piece of gear: the Sigma 10mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM Fisheye Lens. I picked one up on the recommendation of photographers Clay Bolt & Paul Harcourt Davies, whose wide-angle macro eBook makes considerable use of the lens's close-focus abilities...

January 8, 2013 — Alex Wild

Thrifty Thursday: Pro Photographer vs. Buzz Lightyear Camera

Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500. Our Thursday series has typically featured me handicapping myself by attempting to photograph with digicams, scanners, webcams, cell phones and other cut-rate equipment...

January 3, 2013 — Alex Wild

My personal best photographs of 2012

Since I'm asking everyone else to pony up a selection of their best science & nature photos of the year , I figure it's only fair I participate.

December 30, 2012 — Alex Wild

Everest in Two Billion Pixels

If you do nothing else today, click on this:David Breashears created this composite image in the spring of 2012 as part of Glacier Works' effort to document the response of glaciers to a changing climate...

December 18, 2012 — Alex Wild

The Case of the Lopsided Spider

I was entranced by this image when it appeared today in my facebook stream:Captured by the talented Malaysian photographer Liew Wk, the photo shows a developmental asymmetry in size between the anterior median eyes of this Asian jumping spider...

December 12, 2012 — Alex Wild

Tools of the insect photography trade

On popular request, I present my full kit of photographic gear.Lenses are the heart of any kit. My line-up includes (from left to right): Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS II...

December 7, 2012 — Alex Wild

This Steampunk Ant is Transformative

A few months ago, an artist who traced my photograph in the L.A. Times prompted a heated discussion: was the artist's work sufficiently transformative to count as Fair Use under U.S..

December 4, 2012 — Alex Wild

What DNA actually looks like

This blog often covers small things: insects, spiders, slime molds and so on. In the scheme of biology, though, the usual fare here is pretty big.In contrast, here is something truly small- the first high-contrast microscope image of an isolated molecule bundle of DNA:Researchers at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia strung a molecule between two nano-towers and subjected it to transmission electron microscopy at extreme magnification...

November 30, 2012 — Alex Wild

13 Horrifying Ways To Die (Arthropod Edition)

Scared of insects, spiders, or 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.Here are just a few of the many perils to worry about as an arthropod...

October 31, 2012 — Alex Wild
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