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Håkan Kvarnström | Hypnotic Nature



Name: Håkan Kvarnström
Picture title: Hypnotic Nature
Category: Micro
Occupation: Risk Officer

Håkan says:
‘Working with micromolluscs requires great care, patience, and persistence, as they are so tiny. But despite being only about 2–3mm in size, they have a beautiful and elaborate structure. 

This shelled mollusc was found in a marine water sample collected from a fish farm in Stockholm. By using fluorescence microscopy with ultraviolet light, the microalgae and cyanobacteria that grow on the surface of the shell are autofluorescing in red and orange, while the shell is blue.’

Technical information:
Canon EOS 6D
Olympus UPlanSAPO 10x
ISO 640
1/5 sec
Technique: Fluorescent microscopy, focus stacking. 
Magnification: 4x objective, 10x on the sensor. 
Accessories: None
Post processing: Focus stacking and retouching of stacking artefacts in Zerene Stacker. Minor enhancements in Lightroom and Photoshop.

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