2020 Photomicrography Competition

Ventral view of an immature water boatman

Anne Algar

Hounslow, Middlesex, United Kingdom

Darkfield, Image Stacking, Polarized Light

4X (Objective Lens Magnification)

This cartoonlike photo of an immature water boatman (ventral view) was captured using a combination of darkfield, polarized light and image stacking. Captured by retired local government officer and microscope hobbyist Anne Algar, this image clearly shows varying length of hairs on the legs and body as well as internal organs. The darkfield technique gave this image its dark background and the Z stacking enabled the image to maintain depth of focus throughout.