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Thrifty Thursday: The Liquid Lens

Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500. A vial filled with oil (top) and water demonstrates optical properties of each.

February 9, 2012 — Alex Wild

How Photography Transformed Spider Science

For being mildly arachnophobic I've been on a real spider binge lately. Here's a wonderful Smithsonian-produced video highlighting the role of photography in spider science: (h/t Bug Girl)...

February 7, 2012 — Alex Wild

Thrifty Thursday: School of Ants

Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500. [Apple iPhone 4s - $300]Working at the microscope yesterday I suddenly remembered Thrifty Thursday...

February 2, 2012 — Alex Wild

It's a Small World, After All...

A few days ago, NASA released this lovely composite image of our home planet:It's a spectacular image. Click to view in full resolution!But the projection is slightly...unusual.

February 1, 2012 — Alex Wild

An Enemy in the Ranks

Imagine, for a moment, the horror if we humans were stalked by a common predator that hid itself in the open by looking...just like us. A humanoid patrolling the streets like a bloodthirsty mannequin, picking off pedestrians that venture too close...

January 30, 2012 — Alex Wild

Real-life SpiderMan: Thomas Shahan

As the science media today is carrying news of how spiders use defocus to judge distance, I thought it an opportune moment to share the portfolio of a master of spider portraiture.

January 26, 2012 — Alex Wild

Thrifty Thursday: Fixed in Amber

Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500. [Apple iPhone 4s - $300]Is enlisting the new iPhone 4s for Thrifty Thursday cheating?

January 26, 2012 — Alex Wild

SOPA - yeah, not a good idea

Those of you who read my blogs may know I am a staunch supporter of intellectual property rights. A great many creative works exist because intellectual property laws allow people to spend time creating when they'd otherwise work non-creative jobs to pay the rent.The internet has, on balance, been a marketing boon for content creators, especially for small artists who previously could only access buyers through layers of intermediaries...

January 13, 2012 — Alex Wild

What does "Royalty Free" mean?

Here is one of my internet pet peeves.Frequently, people upload images they'd like others to be able to use for free. Great!But then, they label their generous gift to the world " Royalty Free -- please take...

January 10, 2012 — Alex Wild

Visiting the Devil's Garden

[the following is a modified repost from Myrmecos , February 2011] I had been following an army ant raid for half an hour through dense tropical forest when the trees unexpectedly parted to reveal a small clearing...

December 15, 2011 — Alex Wild

Most of the wildlife photography you see is fake

[the following is a modified repost from Myrmecos , 2010] Audubon's Ted Williams explains that staged images have taken over the animal photography business and argues that these ubiquitous phonies give the public an inaccurate view of nature: Audubon has sent me to lots of wild places over the past 31 years, but I'd seen only one wolf and three cougars (a litter) until December 8, 2009...

December 12, 2011 — Alex Wild

How To Attract An Entomologist

[the following is a modified repost from PhotoSynthesis , 2009] Step 1. Locate a suitable patch of forest, field, or desert.Step 2. Wait for a warm, moonless summer night.Step 3.

December 6, 2011 — Alex Wild

Thrifty Thursday: Prairie on the Cusp of Winter

Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500. [ Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 - $241] By now the Illinois prairies have traded their summer greens for fall browns and golds...

December 1, 2011 — Alex Wild

How To Photograph Roller Derby

Roller Derby is back. An organic rebirth of this predominately women's sport has brought derby to hundreds of cities across North America and around the world.

November 29, 2011 — Alex Wild

Why One Pepper-Spraying Cop Image Dominates

When U.C. Davis police officer Lt. John Pike pepper-sprayed a line of student protesters last Friday, his actions were recorded in replicate. Dozens of cameras captured video and still images, and soon swarms of photographs seeped across the internet...

November 22, 2011 — Alex Wild
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