20140424_F0001: Pass the salt please on Flickr.
- This is a macro of two grains of rock salt. The top grain is probably 0.5-1 mm across. I think by moving them too much with my slightly sweaty fingers during the setup of this shot, I melted their surfaces a bit.

20140424_F0001: Pass the salt please on Flickr.

- This is a macro of two grains of rock salt. The top grain is probably 0.5-1 mm across. I think by moving them too much with my slightly sweaty fingers during the setup of this shot, I melted their surfaces a bit.

20140423_F0001: A filament inside a dandelion flower on Flickr.
- A close up at a filament inside a common dandelion flower head. The focal plan is really shallow so this is my best attempt to get as much of the filament in focus as possible, but there are lots of interesting details here, including all the grains of pollen still left.

20140423_F0001: A filament inside a dandelion flower on Flickr.

- A close up at a filament inside a common dandelion flower head. The focal plan is really shallow so this is my best attempt to get as much of the filament in focus as possible, but there are lots of interesting details here, including all the grains of pollen still left.

20140422_F0001: Is it me of we actually did get a meteor? on Flickr.
- This scene looks like a dreamy night scene, but when we were there, it was wet, cold and we were very annoyed that we can’t shoot the starts because of the ground fog even though it was really clear. This shot is taken after my lens is completely fogged up. Being almost straight out of the camera, there is crazy amounts of vignetting and flare (just look at the brightest star) from the condensation. Moonlight were behind us and the fog does give a cool look spreading the colours of the lights. After looking at this shot I realised that there might be a meteor in it, about the same height as the brightest star but to the right hand side, is that what he is looking at?

20140422_F0001: Is it me of we actually did get a meteor? on Flickr.

- This scene looks like a dreamy night scene, but when we were there, it was wet, cold and we were very annoyed that we can’t shoot the starts because of the ground fog even though it was really clear. This shot is taken after my lens is completely fogged up. Being almost straight out of the camera, there is crazy amounts of vignetting and flare (just look at the brightest star) from the condensation. Moonlight were behind us and the fog does give a cool look spreading the colours of the lights. After looking at this shot I realised that there might be a meteor in it, about the same height as the brightest star but to the right hand side, is that what he is looking at?

20140421_F0001: Minimap on a coin on Flickr.
- A macro of the British isles on a 1 Euro coin from 2000. The isles are probably 2-3 mm across, and there are loads of marks and scratches on the metal.

20140421_F0001: Minimap on a coin on Flickr.

- A macro of the British isles on a 1 Euro coin from 2000. The isles are probably 2-3 mm across, and there are loads of marks and scratches on the metal.

20140420_F0001: All these little eyes are gazing on me on Flickr.
- I have been going back to nature and done some insect and plant macro photography. As usual, I’m not good at ID the names so you can let me know if you recognise anything. Here is a a shot mainly of the simple eye spots or ocelli of this fella, which are the round spots on its head. These eyes are very light sensitive but cannot form images as the bigger compound eyes to the left and right of its head.

20140420_F0001: All these little eyes are gazing on me on Flickr.

- I have been going back to nature and done some insect and plant macro photography. As usual, I’m not good at ID the names so you can let me know if you recognise anything. Here is a a shot mainly of the simple eye spots or ocelli of this fella, which are the round spots on its head. These eyes are very light sensitive but cannot form images as the bigger compound eyes to the left and right of its head.

20140419_F0001: Startrails cut short by the fog on Flickr.
- We had a really clear night so we decided to shoot some stars, plus hoping so see few meteors from the Lyrids. Unfortunately, fog rolled in after we started our exposures. I had to stop after 16 min and this is the result (with no meteors). The trails are fading towards the end instead of the beginning as I usually process them (here, the faded ends are purely caused by the fog) so it looks like the wheel is spinning the other direction. The bright right hand side is the light from a rising moon.

20140419_F0001: Startrails cut short by the fog on Flickr.

- We had a really clear night so we decided to shoot some stars, plus hoping so see few meteors from the Lyrids. Unfortunately, fog rolled in after we started our exposures. I had to stop after 16 min and this is the result (with no meteors). The trails are fading towards the end instead of the beginning as I usually process them (here, the faded ends are purely caused by the fog) so it looks like the wheel is spinning the other direction. The bright right hand side is the light from a rising moon.

20140418_F0001: Tower mutant colony, it’s like a worm on Flickr.
- This is the same colony as yesterday, it’s so rare that I took another shot. This time, the plate is right side up. The tower is actually really soft and it slowly bends to gravity. From this angle, it really looks like a worm, peeping out of the agar. There is even a reflection of it on the agar surface.

20140418_F0001: Tower mutant colony, it’s like a worm on Flickr.

- This is the same colony as yesterday, it’s so rare that I took another shot. This time, the plate is right side up. The tower is actually really soft and it slowly bends to gravity. From this angle, it really looks like a worm, peeping out of the agar. There is even a reflection of it on the agar surface.

20140417_F0001: Tower mutant colony of baker’s yeast on Flickr.
- Believe it of not, this worm-like thing is a colony of Saccharomyces cerevisiae or Baker’s yeast. You can see it growing in a agar plate with a bunch of other normal colonies (the plate is incubated up side down, normal colonies are are around 2-5 mm in diameter). I didn’t find any information on Google about this phenomenon. After consulting with few yeast experts, I found out that apparently, this phenomenon is referred to as a “tower mutant” colony. Nobody, as far as we know, knows whether it’s actually a genetic mutation or some other underlying growth mechanisms that make the yeast cells in the colony grow this way. One thing is certain though, they are ultra rare, even if you do a lot of experiments, you will not get more than a handful of them throughout your career, making them very special when you do get one. Maybe it’s a scientific “lucky” sign…

20140417_F0001: Tower mutant colony of baker’s yeast on Flickr.

- Believe it of not, this worm-like thing is a colony of Saccharomyces cerevisiae or Baker’s yeast. You can see it growing in a agar plate with a bunch of other normal colonies (the plate is incubated up side down, normal colonies are are around 2-5 mm in diameter). I didn’t find any information on Google about this phenomenon. After consulting with few yeast experts, I found out that apparently, this phenomenon is referred to as a “tower mutant” colony. Nobody, as far as we know, knows whether it’s actually a genetic mutation or some other underlying growth mechanisms that make the yeast cells in the colony grow this way. One thing is certain though, they are ultra rare, even if you do a lot of experiments, you will not get more than a handful of them throughout your career, making them very special when you do get one. Maybe it’s a scientific “lucky” sign…

20140416_F0001: I got a meteor! Guff! Bring on the Lyrids on Flickr.
- We had a string of clear nights so I used one of then at least to get this shot. Funny enough, someone painted something else on the bridge the next night. This shot is facing west. I got a lucky meteor on the upper right, can’t wait see the Lyrids. I’m not sure about the fading light trails in the sky almost vertically in the middle. It does not look like a plane as they make dotted lines. It also fades (I didn’t do the fading effect on it like the stars), and it lasted for about two to three minutes, a satellite maybe? This shot is a total of 1x55 min exposure.

20140416_F0001: I got a meteor! Guff! Bring on the Lyrids on Flickr.

- We had a string of clear nights so I used one of then at least to get this shot. Funny enough, someone painted something else on the bridge the next night. This shot is facing west. I got a lucky meteor on the upper right, can’t wait see the Lyrids. I’m not sure about the fading light trails in the sky almost vertically in the middle. It does not look like a plane as they make dotted lines. It also fades (I didn’t do the fading effect on it like the stars), and it lasted for about two to three minutes, a satellite maybe? This shot is a total of 1x55 min exposure.

20140415_F0001: I’m holding a… pipet and I’m not afraid to use it! on Flickr.
- Clearly a scientist, holding a pipet, and also a football fan judging from his t-shirt. Maybe this type of body language signals something about what he thinks about the upcoming world cup?

20140415_F0001: I’m holding a… pipet and I’m not afraid to use it! on Flickr.

- Clearly a scientist, holding a pipet, and also a football fan judging from his t-shirt. Maybe this type of body language signals something about what he thinks about the upcoming world cup?