Video From an Electron Microscope Just Made The World Cooler
When I read about this earlier today I nearly dismissed it as being another blurb about ultra-macro photography. Thankfully it’s not, kind-of. Don’t get me wrong things through an electron microscope are insanely cool, but I’ve seen them. What’s the cool part then? German photographer Stefan Diller, after 3 years of hard work, has figured out how to create some incredible video with these monstrous magnifying glasses. While the ability to produce video with this technology isn’t entirely new (Science Magazine covered it in 2010), Diller is producing work nobody has seen before. Using proprietary software to control the microscope he is able to create a virtual camera with 8 degrees of rotation around the subject.
Each specimen is placed under a scanning electron microscope and photographed thousands of times at slightly different angles. Due to the effort behind each video everything in this process has to be planned to perfection, including the path the camera will take. Up to 40 frames can be taken in an hour…but one minute of footage takes 1500 frames. It’s not a quick process, but boy are the results impressive.
Via Mirror News
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