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How to Get Started in Photomicrography-Nature TTL.com July 2023
Robert's Photography featured in the Calgary Guardian
Caffeine Crystals by Robert Berdan featured in Estonia Art Gallery

Robert's Microscopy Photos of Plants Featured in National Geographic
National Geographic Into the Woods - Photomicrography by Robert Berdan 2023December 2023 issue - see my News section

Must see Youtube movie by Dr. Brian J. Ford about the history of Micoscopy and Anton van Leeuwenhoek's early microscopes.

Sporangia by Walter Mihielsen ©

Sporangia and autofluorescence by Walter Machielsen Looking for unopened sporangia – (these are the structures that contain spores and can be found on ferns and other plants) – I found them at the end of my holiday in a tropical country read more...


Round Leaved Sundew by Tina Claffey ©

Miniature World of the Bog Wilderness by Tina Claffey The bogs and wetlands are my sanctuary. They are the last true wildernesses in western Europe and are home to rare and extraordinary plant and animal species read more...


Common Loon by Philippe Henry ©

The Cry of The Loon by Philippe Henry The common loon's welfare is a major concern at La Mauricie national park whose staff has been monitoring the loon population since 1987, contributing invaluable knowledge on a bird on the brink of danger read more...

Vitamin B12 crystals by polarized light microscopy Robert Berdan ©

Vitamin B12 and Sodium Chloride Crystals by Light Microscopy by Dr. Robert Berdan I was contacted  by an agricultural laboratory in Texas that asked me to photograph some products they work on: pecans, cotton fibres and Vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is also called Cobalmin - read more

Wine crystals by Robert and Brandon Berdan ©

The Science & Art of Wine Crystals by Polarized Light Microscopy - Abstract Art by Dr. Robert Berdan and Brandon Berdan. The production of wine requires a combination of science & art. Wine viewed with polarized light microscopy can produce beautiful images - read more

Crystals by polarized light microscopy by Tina Sommers ©

Colorful Explorations by Tina Sommers - A passion for art, travel and fine food. The love of color, nature and quality. Genuine, engaging, curious, thoughtful, savvy, organized...that’s a snapshot of TINA! See images taken at a microscopy workshop.

Aspen leaf panorama by microscopy R. Berdan ©

Large Panoramic Images taken with a Light-Microscope of Aspen and Elodea Leaves by Dr. Robert Berdan. In 2022 I was contacted and asked if I could produce a picture of an aspen leaf enlarged to 40 feet tall - read more about how I achieved this.

Crystals of Alanine and Glutamine by polarized light microscopy Robert Berdan ©

Crystals by Polarized Light Microscopy Science & Art Part II by Dr. Robert Berdan - Crystals photographed with a polarizing microscope can form beautiful abstract images which attracts those that are curious or those that want to explore art and a means of expression - read more.

Crystals of amino acids by Robert Berdan ©

Photomicrography of Crystals with a Polarizing Microscope for Art’s Sake - Amino acids, Cannabis (THC) and Caffeine by Dr. Robert Berdan -  Studying crystals and their patterns with a microscope can be a very satisfying hobby. - read more

Nassulid ciliate DIC microscopy by Robert Berdan ©

Nassulids -  Colourful Ciliates found in Pond Water by Dr. Robert Berdan Nassulids belong to the class of Nassophoreans which are alien-like visitors from another world - the micro-world.  Nassophoreans are found in fresh water, brackish waters, marine environments and in moist soils.- read more

Cilate viewed by DIC microscopy by Robert Berdan ©

Differential Interference Contrast (DIC) Microscopy and other methods of producing contrast by Dr. Robert Berdan One of the challenges microscopists face when studying live cells is the lack of contrast in cells as they are made up of about 70% water.- read more

Amino acid crystals by polarized light microscopy by Robert Berdan ©

Curved Crystals viewed by Polarized Light Microscopy Amino acids, Vitamin C, Menthol, Benzoic acid & Caffeine by Dr. Robert Berdan Microscopic crystals can exhibit an array of colours and shapes more spectacular then just about anything else I have seen in nature - read more

Diatoms DIC microscopy Robert Berdan ©

Cell Phone Cameras, Dedicated Digital Cameras and Digital Single Lens Reflex Cameras for Photomicrography by Dr. Robert Berdan and Brandon Berdan. The main question we wanted to determine is how do DSLR (digital single lens reflex) cameras compare to dedicated scientific cameras - read more.

Chaoborus larva by polarized light microscopy Robert Berdan

Photography of Chaoborus the phantom midge fly larva - Zooplankton's Nightmare by Dr. Robert Berdan. There are aliens on earth, not the ones you hear about on the History channel .. you can find them in nearby lakes and ponds with a microscope - read more.

Plant leaft cross section by Robert Berdan ©

The Microscopic Beauty of Plants and Trees by Dr. Robert Berdan I am attracted to living things especially those coloured green like lichens, moss, bryophytes and trees - read more.

Bow mountain in Jasper National Park by Robert Berdan ©

Alberta Landscapes Part I by Dr. Robert Berdan I have been photographing Alberta landscapes and wildlife for over 30 years and I thought I would share some of my favourite places and photos of Alberta. Like most photographers I tend to get my best photos near where I live - read more.

Alberta Wildlife Photography by Dr. Robert Berdan I have photographed Wildlife in Alberta for many years and Alberta is one of the best provinces to see and photograph wildlife. I share some of my favourite photos of birds and mammals from Alberta - read more.

Compound microscope by Robert Berdan ©

Tips for Buying a Light Microscope by Dr. Robert Berdan. There is a microscopic universe all around us filled with alien creatures and crystals with colours like no where else on the planet. Many microscopic sized items even include the food we eat - read more.

Crystals Photographed with Polarization Microscopy: Water, Beer, Caffeine, Vitamins, Amino Acids and Human Tears by Dr. Robert Berdan Crystals viewed and photographed through a polarized light microscope are the most beautiful colours I have ever seen in nature - read more.

Eagle in snowstorm placing main subject unequal distance from each edge by Robert Berdan ©

The Art of Seeing and the Visual Elements of Design A Guide to Composition in Photography by Dr. Robert Berdan   For most of us, knowledge of our world comes largely through sight, yet we look about with such unseeing eyes - read more.

Hydra and bud by Robert Berdan ©

Photomicrography of Hydra - a model for studying regeneration and aging by Dr. Robert Berdan. The name Hydra was derived from a serpentine water monster in Greek and Roman mythology - this article shows Hydra that lives in fresh water. It is used in research to study regeneration and aging - read more.

Euchlanis dilatata - a rotifer common in pond water  by Robert Berdan ©

Photographing Rotifers by Dr. Robert Berdan An interest in Rotifers started after microscopist Anthony van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723) described them in a letter from 1687. These microscopic organisms live in water including ponds - read more

Spirostomum minus (top) and Urocentrum turbo (bottom) - both are common ciliates in fresh water by Robert Berdan ©

Photographing Ciliates by Dr. Robert Berdan You may have been introduced to Paramecium in biology class, a single celled (unicellular) "simple" ciliate found in pond water. Only ciliates are not simple but some of the most complex cells on the planet - read more.

Tardigrada - water bear by Robert Berdan ©

How to Collect and Photograph Water Bears (Tardigrades) by Dr. Robert Berdan As a biologist and photographer I am drawn to the beauty that is all around us; sometimes it's big and sometimes it's small - read more.


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culinaire magaxine with White wine crystals by Polariized Light microscopy by Robert Berdan Nov 1 and 15 News - Magazine features white wine crystals by polarized microscopy & BCA awards

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Wide field Fluorescence Microscopy.

Measuring the size of Specimens viewed with a microscope and adding scale bars to photomicrographs.

Rapid Preparation & Examination of Plant Sections with Microscopy

Diatoms - Natures Jewels viewed with a Microscope

The Value of a Stereomicroscope

Camera Solutions for Photomicrography

Microscopic viewing of Aquatic Invertebrates

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Phase Contrast Microscopy

Birefringence, Polarizing Microscopy and the Michel-Lévy Chart (Part I)

Motic Polarizing Microscopes to Analyze Birefringence with Retardation and Variable Compensators (Part II).

Food Microscopy and Starch Grains

Microscopy of Yeast cells for Beer, Wine and Research

The Importance of the Correct Coverglass thickness for photomicrography

Introduction to Dark-field microscopy

Analysis of Blood by Light Microscopy - PDF

Köhler Illumination for Microscopy

Top 8 Natural Wonders of Canada Photos by R. Berdan.

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Musicians and Microscopists: Using Photomicrographs as Album Cover Art

Video by Dr. Brian J. Ford - Leeuwenhoek's Fourth Mystery.

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