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Post Microscopic organisms in fresh water
Recently, Ive been experimenting with a microscope and filming through it. All the organisms in the video below were found in a single drop of water collected from a bird bath in my backyard.

Camera specifications: Panasonic G6 with Sigma 30mm f2.8 lens

Microscope specifications: Nikon CFW 10x eyepiece + Semi-Plan 40x objective = 400x total magnification

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXP8hN6_a6o


Sun Apr 01, 2018 10:34 pm
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Post Re: Microscopic organisms in fresh water
Fascinating stuff! Well done. I'm assuming that is real-time video rather than timelapse? (that isn't meant as a criticism of you posting it here, just want to make sure).

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Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:09 pm
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Post Re: Microscopic organisms in fresh water
Yep, you're right - it was filmed in real time. I'm definitely not breaking the rules by posting it in the non-time lapse section!

Actually speaking of such, there's one particular micro organism that I would like to shoot in time lapse through the microscope. And that is an amoeba. They're a predator and the way they move through the water is really surreal - really appreciated when shot in TL. They remind me a lot of 'the blob' from the film of the same name. I haven't found any yet though Ive heard they occur mainly in warm water. It's pretty cool over here where I am so I guess the chance of me finding one is pretty slim. Though it is not good for people swimming in bodies of water where amoeba reside. Some species have been known to enter the body through the nose and attack the brain.


Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:28 pm
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Post Re: Microscopic organisms in fresh water
I must admit I hadn't noticed which section of Timescapes you had posted in, just looked in 'active topics' of which there are very few these days. I'm not sure if we get amoeba over here in Exmouth, WA. The water is certainly warm and the behaviour of some of the locals may be explained by brain-eating micro-organisms. Or it might just be the brain-eating beer!

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Tue Apr 10, 2018 4:14 pm
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Post Re: Microscopic organisms in fresh water
Quite possibly, the behaviour of the locals could be the result of both factors combined!


Tue Apr 10, 2018 5:51 pm
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Dam, interesting. I wonder what our drinking water looks like?

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Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:26 pm
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Post Re: Microscopic organisms in fresh water
Owen,
OUR drinking water is probably OK. No so for many more of the people in the world.

I had a look at your website having not seen your name pop up on Timescapes lately. In recent years I've moved more towards using the technical knowledge I picked up here to make mechanical things rather than actually make movies. Viewing your showreel helps convince me that was the right move. Stick to what you're good at! I particularly liked the shot showing the moon through the heat-haze from the aeroplane engines and the moving close-ups of the skateboarders. Those obviously took some meticulous setting up (as did everything else in the reel) but such a close look at details we don't normally see so clearly is fascinating.

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Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:36 pm
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Post Re: Microscopic organisms in fresh water
great video i like it
its obvious that the act could use a little more chlorine in their drinking water :)


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