Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Strawberry fields

Macro photo of strawberry surface with seeds, their sprouts, hairs and cell structure at high magnification
Up close surface of strawberry

Surface of strawberry at high magnification looks weird. I never thought that strawberries are hairy, and their seeds have sprouts. I had just one problem when took source photos for this picture: strawberry is too glossy. I placed white plastic bag around berry to diffuse daylight, and this makes reflects acceptable. However, we clearly see surface cell structure only with reflects.

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Strawberry cell structure at high magnification - super macro photo
Cell structure of strawberry surface, scale 1:1

Cell structure visible on seed's surface, too:

Strawberry seed details with cell structure at high magnification - super macro photo
Details of seed on strawberry surface, scale 1:1

For this picture, i used my "snowflake" setup (you'll find detailed description of this simple macro rig in article about snowflake macro photography), and combined averaging and focus stacking techniques: 10 groups of shots with different focus was captured; each group contained 8 identical photos for averaging (80 source RAW photos total).

Interesting: Google's Deep Dream sees it that way. :)

Strawberry fields - in deep dream vision

When this picture was finished, i've started new interesting topic - pollen grains:

Pollen macro photo: Stamen of Field Scabious (Knautia Arvensis) with lots of pollen grains against smooth pinky background