Microphotography is a unique type of photography as apart from the camera, it also involves a microscope. You can use different cameras, both the compacts and the SLR ones. I use the Pentax K10D digital SLR camera, which allows you to photograph through the microscope without camera lens. You use the microscope objectives and the eyepieces instead of the camera lens. Their quality, especially the quality of the objectives, determines the quality of the final image. I use Carl Zeiss Jena apochromats and Olympus planachromats and planapochromats. The microscope I use is Lumipan, the old Carl Zeiss Jena research microscope. I take my microphotographs using various lighting techniques – bright field, dark field, phase contrast, Rheinberg illumination, polarized light, oblique illumination and mixed techniques.
I photograph both living and inanimate subjects – microorganisms, plant tissues, micro crystals of various substances. Taking photographs, especially of the latter, gives me a lot of fun and satisfaction - among plenty of scattered crystals I find images resembling landscapes or other forms similar to the things we observe in the world around us. Whether we are able to notice it depends only on our sensitivity.
The preparation of a sample may be time-consuming but your efforts are rewarded when you look through the eyepiece of the microscope – you never know what you will find on its other side. The surprise is always astonishing. And that’s the magic of microphotography.