Small World


Head of a male Culex pipiens mosquito
Image: Gareth Paul Jones
2013 Small World Image of Distinction

The end of October approaches and that means winners of the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicroscopy Contest will be announced. Every year, several images of insects and other arthropods compete (my favorites). The contest showcases microscopic techneques. Stacking is commonly used in insect images. Stacking corrects for the fact that 3D images viewed under the microscope always have regions that are out of focus because they are above or below the focus of the lens. To correct the focus, a series of images is collected by lowering the plane of focus in small increments to produce a “stack”. Each image in the stack has regions in focus and not in focus. Computer software merges the regions that are in focus to produce a composite image with all the parts in focus. This techniques overcomes the depth of field problems that lead to image distortion and produces beautiful images.
The deadline for 2015 is April 30, 2015.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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One Response to Small World

  1. anastaciast says:

    This is so beautiful. But now I am going to feel bad when I swat a mosquito!

    Whenever I hear people say that we are alone in the Universe, I think of insects. From their point of view, there is no town, state, country, world. It’s all point of view. And I love microscopic points of view. Thanks for sharing this photo and the link!

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