Category: Images


Pyrocycstis lunula algae viewed under a USB microscope

Pyrocycstis lunula algae viewed under a USB microscope

Ok, I need you to squint a little at the photograph above – look for a vaguely crescent-moon shaped outline, with a yellowy-whiteish blob in the middle.  Found one?  That’s a Pyrocycstis Lunula alga!  They’re about 0.1mm to 0.14mm in length, and they’re one of the bioluminescent algae strains that I’ve been culturing.

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3d Pie gif image from MPO

Animated GIF of the pie I made - converted from MPO

I apologise to the epileptics out there, but the above image is my first attempt at converting the 3d photographs from the Nintendo 3DS (in MPO) format, into a ‘web usable’ format – in this case, animated GIF.  Over on the IGN boards, user DarkDepths created a Java app that will do the converting from MPO to JPG to GIF, with a selectable delay between the two frames.

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Penellus Stipticus, a bioluminescent fungus or foxfire fungus.

A Glowing Encrustation of Penellus Stipticus

Sometimes those crazy things we see in games which are too good to be true, have more than an ounce of truth in them.  Those CG scenes of Pandora that so wowed 3d audiences showing an alien landscape more alive in the dark, than during the day – had some small element of more terrestrial lifeforms at their heart.  Bioluminescent fungi like Panellus Stipticus.

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A Custom Pet Salesman's Display Box

Deus ex Arca - A Custom Pet Salesman's Box by Jacob Petersson

“What’s that, little girl?  You want a blue-eyed canary?  And young master – you desire a three tailed monkey?  Why that is simplicity itself for the Custom Pet Salesman!  We’ve got custom ears, personalized eyes and fur of a thousand colors!  Now you can have a  pet that is as unique as your precious child – and we guarantee*  no-one else in the playground can match it!”

*Not an actual guarantee.

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Delicious Scenery And Cozy Worlds

Eszter Burghardt's Wooly Magma image from the Wooly Magma series

Eszter Burghardt's 'Wooly Magma' from the Wooly Saga series

Miniature landscapes again – I love them so.  Maybe it’s the incredible detail that people, such as Eszter Burghardt manage to create with unexpected materials like wool, felt and fuzz, such as in the Wooly Magma photograph above, or perhaps it’s the age old child-like conflict that means that far away things often seem so small.

The photographs that Eszter Burghardt creates, with both foodstuffs and fiber, appeal to senses we might not often associate with scenery – our sense of touch and our sense of taste.  It’s that, coupled with the beauty of natural landscapes that she’s recreated, and the desire to reach out and touch these little worlds, that appeals to me so much.  That, and I love volcanic scenes, and I am particularly curious as to how the under-lighting has been achieved!

Via NotCot.

The Depth of Van Gogh’s Fields

Van Gogh, Starry Night, with a tilt shift style effect applied

Starry Night by Van Gogh, modified by Serena Malyon

Never has the sleepy town, punctuated by a church and overpowered by the incredible glory of the sky above it, seemed so tiny (via a misguided Reddit post).  It feels like you could reach out and pluck the building out of its setting with just two fingers, holding this human world full of tales and loves and drama in your fingers – but there’s less story in this teeny tiny version with its increasing focus, than in the seemingly over-sharp originals – here’s why. Continue reading

Marcus Wallinder's underwater photographs

Marcus Wallinder's Underwater Photographs on Green

I shouldn’t post this image, but it’s only to try to get anyone looking here to look at Marcus Wallinder’s photoblog, Green.   Green is his favorite color, and it’s got dozens of beautiful photographs of mosses and shrimps, bubbles and tiny leaves.  They’re crisp, semitransparent, rich and entrancing images.  Go look!

A beautiful creation – a popup book with a nearby projector, bringing the book to life in a surprisingly lifelike way.  The acting is a little overdone, in places, but otherwise, this magical window into the story of an ice princess, luring a boy into her world, gets my mind fired up with possibilities.

Tiny projectors, magical books, Kinect-enabled playrooms, miniature people living in the corners of your living room, ‘see through’ fridges showing you what you’ve got inside, a different colored rug every day, greatly improved hand-turkeys.  What would you do if you could project onto the world?

Stars Within and Stars Without

Osoznanie Sebya 4 by Koutchma on Livejournal

By Koutchma on Livejournal

Spotted this wonderfully evocative photograph today on Otaku Gangsta (a Tumblr blog), and then for the next ten minutes went down the rambling rabbit hole trying to find the original source – there must be nearly half a dozen intermediary links between where I saw it, and the original post on Koutchma’s Livejournal posts!  (Includes more photographs of the same series, the last one involving concealed nudity.)

I’m personally not so keen on the people in the background, but I prefer the composition of the tall version of the photograph here, as opposed to the cropped, but clean-backgrounded version in Koutchma’s other post.

Beautiful photograph, very inspiring, especially to one who wanted to be an astronaut when they grew up.  I keep imagining that the light she’s looking into, is the bright light of the future – the stars we’ll one day be amongst.