Sunday, October 12, 2008
The world on a very small scale
Nikon is running their annual 'Small World' competition once again. It's for microphotography - the capture of the microscopic details of our world on camera.
I'm an enthusiastic amateur photographer, and this sort of thing fascinates me. I've never attempted microphotography - the equipment involved is very expensive, just for a start! - but it never ceases to amaze me how beautiful and complex the tiniest details of life can be. Of course, given that I'm a man of faith, I see God's creative hand in it all: but even an atheist can surely appreciate the marvels of evolution! We'll agree to differ on who started it all.
Here are a few examples from previous years of the competition. Click the pictures for a larger view.
A chicken embryo:
Mangrove fern leaf:
Micro-flow patterns on a soap film:
Soap bubbles in water:
Wing scales of a sunset moth:
Fascinating stuff! If you're interested in photography, take time to browse through the galleries of past winners of the competition. There are hundreds more interesting photographs there.