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Butterfly's sculpted egg -- a suitable wedding present?

 
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rjlittlefield



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2005 10:40 pm    Post subject: Butterfly's sculpted egg -- a suitable wedding present? Reply with quote

Thought you might enjoy this egg from a small Lupine Blue butterfly.

Did Faberge get some inspiration at the microscope?

Stacked image on the left, one representative frame on the right.



Icaricia lupini egg, processed by Helicon Focus from a 59-frame stack.
Shot with a 10X, 0.25 N.A. microscope objective on 240 mm tube to Canon Digital Rebel.

For additional information, higher resolution, and stereo/rocking views,
see http://www.janrik.net/insects/ExtendedDOF/lupiniEggStereo.html
and the online article "An Introduction to Extended Depth of Field Digital Photography".

Using so many frames, you might think this image is just a poster child for stacking technology.

But in fact I am fascinated by the image -- especially the stereo pair -- because I can instantly and effortlessly see structure that I was never able to see directly through any microscope.

The time to generate the stereo pair was more than repaid by the pleasure I get from it.

--Rik

Edit: to fix broken link


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Ken Ramos
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 2:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great image Rik, the HF works really well. Very Happy Never have seen a butterfly egg before or maybe have but did not know what it was at the time. Thanks for sharing, the image and the info Rik! Very Happy
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S. Alden
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 3:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting image...and title. I like the little blue BFs, but this is the first I seen an egg of any BF and I have been looking.
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Erland



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic magnification, the pattern on the egg is really interesting.

With you hard work to produce images I have to reconsider my macrophotographing as "snapshots" Laughing

Erland
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rjlittlefield



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2005 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Erland wrote:
Fantastic magnification, the pattern on the egg is really interesting.

With you hard work to produce images I have to reconsider my macrophotographing as "snapshots" Laughing


Thanks! Some might say that I am just a masochist and love beating my head against brick walls! Brick wall

I confess, it is a personal quirk that I tend to do a few things the best I possibly can.

But about the images...

In this size range, these deep stacks produce a combination of sharpness and depth of field that competes with scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Surely, to set up and process a stack cannot be as much trouble or expense as to prepare a specimen for an SEM.

So you see, I must be making life easier for myself. (?!)

--Rik
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