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Critical Use Is Fair Use

Over at the Carbon Brief climate blog, Christian Hunt shares a series of climate reporting images so overused he never wants to see them again. For example:Hunt's bestiary of clichéd imagery (Polar bears on ice?...

June 15, 2012 — Alex Wild

Ant Science in Brazil: A Photo Essay

If you follow Compound Eye, you are probably aware that we have been extremely boring since early May. So boring were we, in fact, that we haven't actually posted anything.We apologize for the dearth...

June 13, 2012 — Alex Wild

The Color of Honey

This week I harvested a lovely linden honey (at right) from one of our backyard beehives. Nectar from linden flowers yields a honey that is exceptional both in its pale tone and in its strong flavor...

June 12, 2012 — Alex Wild

6 Sources of Free Images for Science Blogging

If you blog, you probably know that most online images are copyrighted and off-limits for your site. Where is an enterprising science writer to turn for artwork that is free, beautiful, and legally bloggable?...

April 29, 2012 — Alex Wild

The poor man's macro kit: extension tubes

[the following is a modified repost from Myrmecos blog] Dedicated insect photographers normally employ specialized macro lenses to focus on their tiny subjects.

April 19, 2012 — Alex Wild

An Australian Insect Sampler

The wayward continent of Australia is famous for the strange and relictual creatures that have evolved in near-complete isolation. The insects are no exception.

March 17, 2012 — Alex Wild

Thrifty Thursday: Your iPhone Droplet Microscope Pictures

Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500. Apparently some of you read Monday's post on using a droplet of water as a macro lens, because I've been receiving lovely cell-phone macros all week...

March 15, 2012 — Alex Wild

Transform Your iPhone Into a Microscope: Just Add Water

I've engineered a fair number of inexpensive DIY camera hacks. This one is by far the cheapest: it's free! Simply place a drop of water on the phone's lens, carefully turn the device over, and the suspended droplet serves as a liquid lens...

March 12, 2012 — Alex Wild

Thrifty Thursday: A Jar Full of Toads

Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500. [Apple iPhone 4s - $300]Eye of Newt? Wing of Bat? Jar of Toads?Whichever you wish to photograph, the image can be made more dramatic with backlighting...

March 8, 2012 — Alex Wild

The US Geological Survey Has Photographs That Rock

I just spent an hour surfing about in the United States Geological Survey photographic library. What a trove of treasures! The archive isn't all just old images of rocks, volcanos, national parks, and earthquakes, either...

March 6, 2012 — Alex Wild

The Parasite That Drives Flies to Drink

A couple weeks ago the science media was positively tipsy with news that common fruit flies fight parasites by... wait for it... ingesting enough ethanol to kill their inner tormentors.

March 5, 2012 — Alex Wild

The Fly That Banks On Arachnophobia

Imagine that you are a tasty, tasty fruit fly, full of luscious lipids and useful proteins. Just the sort of meal over which any self-respecting fly predator should salivate.Now imagine that the predatory spiders incessantly stalking you are, like most spiders, solitary creatures...

February 23, 2012 — Alex Wild

Stock Photography Caters to Stereotypes

Consider microstock giant iStockphoto's perception of scientists:What is singularly disturbing about this result is that iStockphoto's top search results aren't determined by the company...

February 19, 2012 — Alex Wild

Thrifty Thursday: Grasshopper, disassembled

Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500. [HP color laser jet 2840 = $350] Today's image comes to us from aspiring macro photographer Maxim Piessen, who explains: A friend and I need to make a paper for school because we are in the last year of high school...

February 16, 2012 — Alex Wild

This Photo Is Not Free, But How Much Should It Cost?

In January, landscape photographer John Mueller sparked a lengthy debate about the economics of art with a simple observation: It cost me $6,612 to take this photo.$12 in gas to go from work to this spot and then home...

February 14, 2012 — Alex Wild
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