Microsculpture: Insanely Detailed Macro Photos of Bugs

All images by Levon Biss. Used with permission from WeTransfer.

While some of you may not want to see bugs right before lunch hour, Levon Biss recently unveiled Microsculpture: a series all about Levon trying to experiment creatively with subject matter far different from his sports and commercial work.

It’s Macro photography taken to the extreme. While Macro photographer (the hardcore ones at least) use focus stacking and other techniques, Levon’s project is quite a bit more involved. Each final rendered photo contains around 8,000 images stitched together. At 36MP and in combination with a microscope attachment on a 200mm prime lens. Levon painstakingly created these final photos.

You should check out the video on how he did this after the jump.

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QUICK NOTE: Firmware 3.01 for Fujifilm X-Pro 1 Available

Fujifilm X-Pro1

Only yesterday we reported about a bug in Fujifilm’s X-Pro 1 firmware v3.0, and today the company has already posted v3.01 for general download. That is seriously quick. The only thing that changes in v3.01 over v3.0 is a fix for said bug, which caused trouble when recording video with the X-Pro 1. Firmware 3.01 for the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 is available now via Fujifilm’s support center. If you’re already using v3.0, we suggest you update immediately. Otherwise, if you plan on updating from an earlier firmware version, you should update to v3.01 right away and skip v3.0.

Download firmware v3.01 for the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 here.

Via Fuji Rumors

New Camera Sees The World Like a Bug


Ever seen a Bug’s Life? Well, the bugs in that movie don’t exactly have human like eyes. Instead, they have many little eyes that somehow or another via a nerve network fuse into one giant eye. Researchers at University of Illinois Champaign Urbana have created a camera that can see just the way that a bug can. It’s done through electronic detectors and microlenses that produce a small image in a given area since the eye’s design is in a half cone shape.

The result: A camera with a 180 degree field of view and a near infinite depth of field and perfect focus in every part of the captured image. This isn’t to be confused with a Light Field Camera like the Lytro, but it is similar. If it can be brought into commercial use, this will be extremely interesting in the photo world.

Via Geek

Private Photos Go Public Thanks to Flickr Bug


Flickr users have reported that a number of their photos intended for just friends or private viewing have been visible to the public eye for almost a month now. However, Flickr claims that these images were only accessible if you had a direct link, meaning Flickr searches or Google searches would not have exposed your photos. Flickr’s vice president Brett Wayn claims that only a small number of users have been affected and the issue has already been discovered and fixed.

To make matters worse, Flickr has changed any potential photos that were affected to private, which also annoyed some users who now have to go back and change settings on their photos from years ago individually. While there is not a quick way to be able to identify exactly which photos were impacted, you can head over to your statistics page and possibly go through your photostreams for a check-up.

Via Mashable