Short Term in Nature Photography
BIOLOGY S29 NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY
SUGGESTED TOPICS FOR SPECIAL PROJECTS
(a partial list)
1. Infrared photography (We have a few rolls of b&w IR film;
check with me for the Kodak "Applied Infrared Photography"
2. Stereo photography (We have an adaptor ring, holder and
viewer for taking stereo photos; check with me for a demo).
3. Unique flash illumination (Examples would be:
ring flash -- used for closeup work & by physicians;
rapid-fire strobe -- freeze & analyze quick motion;
multiple flash -- 'portrait' lighting;
check with me for equipment and advice).
4. Dark field illumination (The subject is illuminated
tangentially from below using a technique borrowed from dark
field microscopy; simple, yet produces stunning results;
check with me on ways to set this up).
5. Back lighting and trans-illumination (Illumination provided
directly behind a subject, resulting in 'halo' effects, or
if the subject is very thin so that the light goes all the
way through, unique translucent lighting).
6. A photographic sequence, i.e. time lapse (Examples would be
a flower opening, a leaf unfolding, a butterfly emerging or
ebbtide; a good exercise is to watch how light changes the
appearance of a subject during the course of a day: pick a
subject and photograph it every hour from before dawn until
twilight. Use the same lens, film, and framing so that you
can discover what changing light does to your subject).
7. Creative photography of a single subject (Multiple views or
8. Underwater photography (If you do snorkling or scubba dives,
the department has an underwater camera that we can loan out;
there are also some very interesting things you can do using
10. Remote control photography and/or night photography (For
subjects that are hard to approach or are active at night)
11. Specialized microscope techniques (e.g. flourescence,
polarizing, dark field, phase contrast, electron)
12. Creative filter work (There are a variety of filters to
choose from; learn how to use some to correct film
limitations or to create special effects; note -- many of
the color filters are for black & white work)
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