Bacteriography: E. coli Bacterial-Growth Photography

If developing and printing photographs is a foreign process to many shutterbugs of the digital age, then one photographer’s “bacteriography” technique will seem downright unimaginable. Like a true Renaissance man, Zachary Copfer—a self-proclaimed microbiologist masquerading as an artist”—has developed a process for printing photographs that blends the fields of art and science in a decidedly da Vinci-esque manner.

Copfer’s bacteriography mimics in some ways traditional darkroom photography— and, as PetaPixel points out, is also similar to the Collodion photographic process of the mid-19th Century—except that, as Copfer puts it, “the enlarger has been replaced by a radiation source and instead of photographic paper this process uses a petri dish coated with a living bacterial emulsion.” You know, just makin’ photos with bacteria. NBD.

Check out Copfer’s bacteriographs over at his website, including the especially impressive series called “My Favorite Scientists.” Of course, among those who’ve inspired him is Leonardo da Vinci himself.

(PetaPixel, via HuffPost Arts)

photo: Leonardo da Vinci Bacteria (Serratia marcescens), Nutrient Agar, Petri Dish by Zachary Copfer


Sony Action Cam Packs Rugged Power into a Tiny, Wearable Package

Sony‘s new Action Cam has jumped into the market with a big splash (action sports pun intended), and it can’t be making GoPro very happy. The tiny (3 oz, with battery), wearable Sony Action Cam—boring technical name: HDR-AS10—lets you capture point-of-view shots while you surf, mountain bike, or engage in pretty much any activity during which you want to show off your skills.

The camera ships with a rechargeable battery, adhesive mounts, and a ruggedized waterproof case that will let you take it down to 197 feet—so you can snap diving shots as well. And the good news is, you’ll be doing more than “snap,” because the sleek-looking Action Cam features a 16-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor, a 170-degree field-of-view Carl Zeiss Tessar lens, and records full HD video (1920 x 1080, 30p) and “HD SLOW video” (2x at 1280 x 720, 60p; 4x at 1280 x 720, 120p) so that you can study the form of your snowboard jumps or just plain look cool in slow motion. It also features Interval Still Recording mode and, soon, Sony will release additional mounting accessories, like a waterproof head mount kit, a handlebar mount, and a suction cup to make the shooting experience even more extreme.

Action Cam will be available this month for $199.99 or $269.99 with Wi-Fi.



Diptic and Layover App Photo Contest

While I love shooting photos with my DSLR, I find that I use my iPhone just as often, if not more often, to capture the everyday scenes of my life. Often, those shots make their way to Instagram (@digiphotomag). And very often I use one of my favorite apps–Diptic–to collage two or more shots. So, naturally I’m excited about the recent debut of the new app Layover, by the makers of Diptic. Layover allows you to blend up to five photos into a single image. It can also be used in conjunction with Diptic.

Today Diptic and Layover announced the #LayoverMyDiptic Photo Contest, the winner of which will win a $200 iTunes gift card. To enter, post your submissions (photos in which it’s evident that you used both Diptic and Layover) to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #LayoverMyDiptic. Or, you can email them to The contest ends on October 8, 2012 at 12 a.m. PST. Their judging criteria is: creativity, aesthetics, and best use of Diptic and Layover. Head over to the contest page for official rules and to view the latest entries. Unfortunately, Diptic says that the contest is only open to U.S. residents, among other restrictions.

(image via Diptic)


Canon Announces PowerShot SX500 IS and PowerShot SX160 IS Superzoom Cameras

Canon announced today two new compact superzoom cameras—the PowerShot SX500 IS and PowerShot SX160 IS. The 16-megapixel SX500 features a 30x optical zoom 24-720mm lens and Canon’s DIGIC 4 image processor (the same processor in the EOS 5D Mark II). It also has a 3-inch LCD with Canon’s “Zoom Framing Assist” feature, which helps you keep track of your subject after zooming in.

The SX160 features the same image sensor and processor as the SX500 and has a 16x 28-448mm equivalent lens. Both cameras are expected to be available in September for $329.99 (SX500) and $229.99 (SX160).



Classroom Portraits: Photos of How Children Learn Around the World

Julian Germain, “Yemen, Manakha, Primary Year 2, Science Revision”

English photographer Julian Germain has been working on an ongoing photo series called “Classroom Portraits.” The series, which is currently on view at Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam, consists of large format portraits of schoolchildren taken in classrooms in over 20 countries around the world—from USA to Argentina to Bangladesh.

There is a striking balance between formality and energy in Germain’s photos. On the one hand, the children are posed and studious-looking, and on the other hand, of course, they’re kids and teenagers whose spiritedness shines through even the most serious of looks.

Check out more shots on Germain’s site. Some of the photos from the series have also been published in the book Classroom Portraits.

(Feature Shoot via Brain Pickings
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