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This thesis investigated the problems associated with artistically photographing patterns that exist within the microscopic world echoed on a larger scale throughout nature. Photographing these patterns at a microscopic level presented a number of difficulties not associated with photographing patterns through traditional photographic means. This thesis explored the problems associated with photographing subjects on a microscopic level, specifically the issues presented by lighting subjects. Experimental techniques with multiple light sources as well as light spectrum were explored. Also explored was the history of microscopy and popular processes for modern microscopy. Images were created utilizing either a compound microscope or stereomicroscope in conjunction with a digital single-lens reflex (SLR) camera and a microscopy lens attachment. Subjects for images consisted of a variety of live and dead coral specimen, algae, saliva, blood, marine vertebrates and invertebrates, and terrestrial insects. Recommendations for further studies of the microscopic world and patterns are also presented.

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photomicrography; microscopy; digital photomicrography; photography; visual arts


81 pages

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