Microscope photos of urban arboreal insects

You ever get one of those Christmas gifts you didn’t know you wanted? That’s the best kind of gift, and they usually come from someone who knows you really well and knows what you want before you do.

This Christmas my brother Matt got me a Skylight: a smartphone holder for photography that hovers over a microscope eyepiece. (Skylight’s website is here: http://www.skylightscope.com) Fiddling with this thing has been a lot of fun.

If anyone has tips on how to improve these photos, I’m really interested in suggestions! So far I’ve learned that Camera+ and Viewlight are good apps for taking photos through the microscope, and that I may even prefer Camera+, because it gives you the freedom to change the aperture and choose a focal point. I’m also finding that it’s tough to adjust the lighting so that you can see metallic colors on wasps. Alex Wild has a good solution for that here: http://www.myrmecos.net/2012/02/18/better-microscope-lighting-in-20-seconds/

May your new year be filled with tiny wonders!

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