Employing Advancing Technology to Enhance Imagery
of the Microscopic World by Mol Smith (Co-founder Mic-UK)
It has been a long while since I wrote any articles
for Micscape - several years in fact. The reason for this is my main love is creating images not just of life at
the end of the tube but of females, and for other genres like fantasy. However, much of what I have learnt in my
explorations into art could be used to enhance images of the Microscopical World. I thought I might therefore try
and inspire adaptation of new technologies into the world of enthusiast microscopy in the hope that many of you
readers and visitors have more skill and purpose in your chosen pursuit and therefore you might like to add something
amazing to this study area.
I am going to discuss several areas of new ideas: lenticular
3D imaging, 3D modelling, Depth-map 3D imaging,
and I am also going to offer a £150.00 pound no-strings attached prize from my own money to help encourage
a few of you students out there to create something new. For more seasoned microscopists who believe time is better
spent at the microscope, I would also like to inspire you too with the ideas here. So... I have introduced a concept
which might please one or more of you: an offer of me converting one of your photomicrographs into a stunning 3D
image for free!
I created the image on the right
from a single image posted in a
Micscape article recently by Brian
Johnston although I have shown it a bit smaller here on the left. The original
photograph, like any taken at the microscope, can be subjected to a variety of image processing techniques today
through the use of computers and clever algorithms. We are in the 21st century and any image can be converted into
3d, anaglyph, lenticular 3d, and be shown on monitors and electronic devices in holographic form, and printed -
without the need for special glasses. So, I thought I would touch on these processes a bit to show you what can
be done! Why should Enthusiast Microscopy not also benefit from new ideas?
Published in the April 2007 edition of Micscape.
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