2019 Photomicrography Competition

Chinese red carnation stamen

Dr. Guillermo López López

Alicante, Spain
Focus Stacking
3x (Objective Lens Magnification)

In Their Own Words

A Q&A with Nikon Small World winner Dr. Guillermo López López.

What is the subject matter of your winning image and why did you choose this image?

The elevation of the stamens in a Chinese red carnation. I chose this image because of the radial symmetry of the colors and the elements. It seems that color and stamens expand as the result of an explosion.

What are the special techniques and/or challenges faced in creating this photomicrograph?

This image is produced using diffuse lighting and focus stacking.

How long have you been taking photographs through a microscope? What first sparked your interest in photomicrography?

Seriously, about two years. My first toy microscope as a child motivated me forever.

Do you tend to focus your microscopy toward a specific subject matter or theme? If so, why?

I focus on plants and flowers because I love their beauty.

Why did you enter the Nikon Small World Photomicrography competition? What do you think of the competition?

I have been following the results of the contest for years, I am fascinated by the photographs that are awarded and the honorable mentions. I was excited to try to be among them.