More Marumi Macro Moths

Late summer is here, meaning that flowers are running out of nectar and I’m running out of opportunities to shoot feeding insects oblivious to human observers. So I made another trek with my Sony NEX-7 camera, the SEL-18200 zoom lens, and a Marumi DHG Achromat macro filter. Unlike my previous expedition with the +5 filter, … Continue reading “More Marumi Macro Moths”

Macro Critters with Marumi Achromat

Seeing that the world has survived my first round of photos, I put together another gallery full of magnificently magnified insects rather than castles. The magnification was achieved with a Marumi macro filter, as described in the next section. Scroll down to see the gallery itself, and click on any image to enter a full-screen … Continue reading “Macro Critters with Marumi Achromat”

Passau Pictures & Photoscape

Brace yourselves, it’s time to inflict my amateur photos on the Internet! At least there aren’t any cat pictures. A five-hour trek through Passau in Bavaria/Germany, at the conflux of Danube, Inn & Ilz, yielded about 160 exposures of which I kept eleven. Notably absent is St. Stephen’s cathedral which is currently being renovated, and … Continue reading “Passau Pictures & Photoscape”

Simulated Life

Computational biology reached a milestone last week. Scientists at Stanford University and the J. Craig Venter Institute presented the first software simulation of an entire living organism, albeit an extremely simple one: the single-cell bacterium Mycoplasma genitalium. The simulation models M. genitalium’s metabolic functions and all of its 525 genes (for comparison, multicellular organisms can … Continue reading “Simulated Life”