Tom Pickering  

Hand Land Revisited by Tom Pickering

September 2020 - Hand Land Revisited

About the Image(s)

Specs: $30 USB Microscope (internal LED lighting)

The experiments continue with my “toy”, again turning it on myself, specifically the back of my hand, per a request in the discussion of my last image. This was processed a little in ACR to add some contrast, texture and vibrance. Still not tack sharp, but it's so difficult to adjust the scope and click a button to capture the image. Suggestions?

8 comments posted

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
Well, I think it's a lot more interesing than the previous one, Tom, as it has some details to speculate on.

So what are we looking at? Are the sharper lines hairs, and the fainter ones veins? Any idea what magnification you are getting? My gues is it's well towards the microphotography area, and whilst the aperture and sensor size will be quite small (probably unknown?) the depth of field will of course be small, so I think you've done well to get it this sharp. My wife only photographs signatures and writing with hers so the subject is flat and doesn't have sharp edges, so I think you are challenging its capabilities here.

Still, I think it's learning what this simple and specialised camera can do. Maybe a helper to click the button is the best way to ease your operational struggle? Do you mean a mouse click or a physical button? My wife takes her pictures using a software button.   Posted: 09/12/2020 01:29:42
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
This time I plugged it into my smartphone, so the button was on the screen of the phone   Posted: 09/12/2020 01:54:54
Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
Still sounds like 3 hands (if not 4!) were needed!   Posted: 09/12/2020 02:06:41
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
I'll admit itr was rather acrobatic to get a capture - kind of a challenge after the last one.   Posted: 09/18/2020 15:33:25

Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Tom, this makes me think of looking at a Google map with intersecting Interstates. I assume the lines are shadows? The color doesn't translate very well at that distance. I'm thinking your "toy" might be good for abstracts?   Posted: 09/17/2020 14:28:39
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
The lines are actually part of my 60-something skin, Bill. it's just hard to see without this amount of magnification. The really dark lines are hair. I hope to be in a position to get my DSLR out soon and get away from my "toy", which is still an interesting way to get really close to things.   Posted: 09/18/2020 15:45:13

Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
Very fine artish. Soothing in a strangely psychological way! The colors and directional lines are very pleasing, definitely abstract art here!   Posted: 09/18/2020 22:57:32
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Cue the somewhat creepy music. d;¬{D   Posted: 09/18/2020 23:43:03


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