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It’s an alien, it’s a microbe, it’s….CHICORY!

Chicory SEM

This image is a scanning electron microscope (SEM) image. The chicory pollen was mounted on an aluminum stub, sputter coated with gold, and imaged at 2000x magnification at the Center for Biologic Imaging (CBI). As SEM images are naturally black and white, the blue hue was added in using Adobe Photoshop.


7 responses

  1. Iain Jeffery

    Wow, that is beautiful. I have a kind of seed-based myspace page and was wondering if I could steal this shot for my background? I would definitely credit you with the shot, if it isn’t a problem with you! Let me know.



    August 30, 2008 at 3:02 am

  2. bellaitaliana

    No problem at all! In fact, I’m rather honored that you’d like to use my photograph! What is your Myspace page (I can’t wait to see the picture as a background!)? Just credit the shot as “Elizabeth Iannone”. Thanks so much!!

    August 30, 2008 at 12:41 pm

  3. Pieter Prins

    Elizabeth, I would like to use this picture.
    It will be accompanied by these credits:

    Photo: Elizabeth Iannone. Center for Biologic Imaging (CBI)

    If you want this changed, please let me know.

    Pieter Prins.

    October 2, 2008 at 9:07 am

  4. Random Pedant

    Awesome photo! One caveat, though — SEM images are naturally in _grayscale_ (not B/W). Just wanted to be pedantic, that’s all.

    January 3, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    • bellaitaliana

      Thanks for the compliment! And good catch…SEM images most definitely are in grayscale, not B/W!

      January 4, 2009 at 2:16 am

  5. Yeah these geometrical 3D shapes are really beautiful, also that imaging technique gets great results.
    And about B/W – grayscale ordinary photos are always called BW so i wouldn’t argue.. 😉

    November 24, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    • Hello! Welcome to my photoblog…and thanks for stopping by! Check often for new posts!

      November 24, 2009 at 5:18 pm

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