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Macro Photography with PiCamera

May 31, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

A friend introduced me to the Raspberry Pi single board computer and this opened up a world of possibilities.  With the recent release of the HQ PiCamera, I decided to try it out for macrophotography.  The camera is attached to a cheap industrial microscope lens as shown in the photo 1. The camera is connected to the Raspberry pi.  The microscope is capable of up to 2.25x magnification.

Here is a selections of images from this set up:

Mock Ginseng (focus stacked)

Blue evergreen hydrangea (focus stacked)

Begonia

Periwinkle (focus stacked)

Asparagus fern (focus stacked)

Alocasia seed

Solar Flare (base where the alocasia seed has fallen away)

Coleus flower (high-key, focus stacked)

Chick-pea (power food!) focus stacked

Pacman (peppercorn) focus stacked

Fresh chilli seeds

Chia seeds

Begonia seeds

Sugar and salt (right)

Dianthus chinensis

Throat of a Episcia

Yellow weed flower

Bouganvillea (focus stacked)

Balsam (focus stacked)

Morning glory seedling in seed pod shell (focus stack)

The microscope shows up very interesting structures from a small selection of botanical specimens from my garden.  Some images are quite surreal and unique.  The image quality is a little soft due to the cheap lens in the industrial microscope.  The depth of field is very shallow and focus stacking was used in some of the images

Thanks for looking. 

Gary Yeoh


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