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  1. This thread explores the light hearted history of the dinosaurs in the public psyche. A visually nostalgic tour of the evolution of the very popular toy, the plastic dinosaur . Focusing on film, illustration, sculpture, vintage photography and of course our prehistoric plastic playmates. I hope it invokes some very happy memories from our childhoods Story starts here, Megalosaurus jawbone - in 1824. It was acquired by William Buckland (1784-1856), For the University of Oxford, after being found in a slate quarry in Stonesfield, Oxfordshire. The names of of bo
  2. Inspired by @daves64 pictures, I decided to try out a Dino Lite for myself. I tried the AF4915ZTL model. I knew I wanted image stacking capabilities, which Dino-Lite calls Extended Depth of Field (EDOF), Automatic Magnification Reading (AMR) since an accurate scale bar was a priority and a long working distance for larger specimens so that helped narrow down the model. There are definitely pros and cons about it, but I'll let the results do the talking. Taken using EDOF: Taken using EDOF as well: Taken using the Extended Dynamic Range (EDR) feat
  3. Hello everyone! I have wanted to create myself a dedicated scale to use for photographing fossils, as I too often forget to include a scale in my photos and I think that a special scale would be more interesting than just a ruler, it could also be helpful for objects that are not as flat for scale in 3 dimensions. My initial thought was to make a cube, but I also wanted to include both imperial and metric units so that everyone on the forum can easily tell the size. So for my first design I decided to try making a cube that has dimensions of one inch along all sides with a 1 cm3 cub
  4. IsaacTheFossilMan

    Help with micro-photography

    Hey! As some of you may know, I am ever so interested in micro-fossils! @Tidgy's Dad can second me on this, they're awesome! As I'm preparing for my online palaeontological collection to go online, I keep finding more and more and more micros, ranging in size from sub 1mm to 10mm. (0.04 - 0.4 inch) My current set-up for documenting these teeny critters doesn't seem to cut the mustard - don't get me wrong; I'm making the most of it, but it's quite a hassle bending over a child toy microscope with a phone camera. A palaeontologist friend who I don't believe graces u
  5. I would like to use photographs of fossils as part of my digital artwork. I do not want to violate any copyright laws if I later sell the artwork. Does anyone know where I can find free-use images of fossils or does anyone mind sharing their personal fossil photographs with me? I will give credit to you for your photography if I decide to use the images in my work. Fossils of any type and from any time period are appreciated. Thank you!
  6. I'm currently experiencing some issues with a brand new central pneumatic air eraser where when I hook it up to an air compressor: 1) air either blows through the air eraser without carrying any powder from the reservoir regardless of whether or not I'm pressing the control button or 2) air simply doesn't blow through it at all I've tried adjusting the screw on top of the reservoir and I've also tried to blow any powder that's stuck on the inside that may be gumming it up but these fixes have not worked. Has anyone else experienced a similar problem? If so, how di
  7. KOI

    Filming Conodonts

    Hi! I recently acquired a bunch of microfossil samples for kids to play but did not expect them to be so small. We tried some microscopy but ended up applying a little trick that actually to helped to film them "in action", which was kind of cool. I do not know if this technique is a common knowledge or not but I decided to share. Perhaps, it will be of use to somebody. Here you go: Any suggestions for improvements? Thanks!
  8. Looks like a new set of photography techniques will assist us in determining what is associated and what was added to those drool worthy discoveries. Progressive Photonics
  9. Aurelius

    Ammonite photography

    I've recently been experimenting with photographing some of my ammonite collection. It can be quite tricky to get creative photos of smaller specimens, so I have been building light modifiers and a miniature studio to see what I could come up with. I recently lost my job, so I'm hoping that perhaps I can sell fine art prints of some of these at some point in the future. For now though, I have a lot more tinkering to do. I won't go into detail naming the species, because I'm way too tired and would probably get it wrong anyway. All of these ammonites are under 2cm/.8 inc
  10. Aurelius

    Amber insect photographs

    I've recently set-up a little studio in my dining room to make the photography of amber inclusions a little easier. These are the first results. I was going to wait a while and build up a few more to post at the same time, but I've had a crappy day and I'm keen to do anything to distract myself from it. These pictures are both panoramic, each made up of about seven images, I think. Each of those seven images is a stack of photos taken at different distances from the amber at 5x magnification on a full-frame camera. Each stack contains around 100 photos, so we're talking around 700
  11. What are those cubes with measurements on them called? I looked at various subforums but didn't see any of them listed and since I don't know their name I can't really search for them!
  12. Oxytropidoceras

    How to be an Urban Paleontologist

    How to Spot the Fossils Hiding in Plain Sight Traces of prehistoric life are everywhere. by Jessica Leigh Hester, Atlas Obscura, Feb. 23, 2018 https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/find-fossils-urban-geology Meteorite Impactites in London: Irongate House, Houndsditch EC3 Ruth Siddall, Urban Geology in London No. 24, December 2014. http://www.ucl.ac.uk/~ucfbrxs/Homepage/walks/IrongateHouse.pdf London Pavement Geology http://londonpavementgeology.co.uk Yours, Paul H.
  13. Was surprised to receive a few packages very far ahead of anticipated delivery date. The first is an OMAX 3.5x - 90x trinocular scope with boom arm. If I'm going to be doing more detailed prep, a stereo scope with boom arm to position over a blast box is an absolute must. Of course, it came in a zillion pieces and the instruction manual was for an entirely different model that bore very little resemblance to the one I was putting together. But after an hour of trial and error - and some very colourful language - it is all assembled. I've taken it out for its test run, and works g
  14. The Jersey Devil

    Microfossil photography

    Hey everyone, I am wondering if anyone knows a professional microscope that can be used to photograph microfossils. I need to make pictures of fossils such as bonefish teeth, ptychotrygon teeth, etc, that are 2-3 mm big. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks for any help.
  15. RyanDye

    Petrified Wood?

    From the album: Fossil Photo-Shoot: 1

    Using this image for a post this may be updated depending on the outcome.
  16. RyanDye

    Petrified Wood?

    From the album: Fossil Photo-Shoot: 1

    Using this image for a post this may be updated depending on the outcome.
  17. RyanDye

    Petrified Wood?

    From the album: Fossil Photo-Shoot: 1

    Using this image for a post this may be updated depending on the outcome.
  18. RyanDye

    Petrified Wood?

    From the album: Fossil Photo-Shoot: 1

    Using image for a post at the moment this may be updated depending on the outcome.
  19. Mount Isa photographer shares his tricks for taking photos of sand-grain sized fossils By Harriet Tatham, ABC North West Qld http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-28/how-to--photograph-a-fossil-the-size-of-a-sand-grain/8650976 Yours, Paul H.
  20. Here is some of my storage areas and my prep/ photo work station and my microfossil work station. And a display case.
  21. I am wanting to get a digital microscope to image chondrichthyan teeth in the 1mm to 20mm size range. I have been using an iPhone 5s with a15x Olloclip for the larger teeth with decent results, but can't pickup fine details on the smaller teeth. Does anyone have recommendations that won't "break the bank "? Thanks, Carson
  22. I thought I would share a few cell phone photography tricks I have learned. Back when I had an iPhone and HTC One I would just zoom in the camera and then I would put my fossil in the frame and take the photo. Both phones did an admiral job taking decent up close photos. I've recently downgraded to a Moto G with a fixed focal length and found that it wouldn't take nice close up photos. Then I tried holding my loupe up to the camera lens and lo and behold I was taking close up pictures again. The photo below is a 1/2 inch Triarthrus beckii. By the way, if you forget your loupe you can use your
  23. I came across an article today on using a printer scanner to image shark teeth. It worked well for the labial side (relatively flat). However, the lingual side was less than satisfactory. Have any of you used this method of imaging teeth, and do any of you have tips on getting good images for the lingual side? Thanks, Carson
  24. Parry's Lip Fern (Cheilanthes parryi) growing beside fossilized coral in Clark County, NV. This was one of my favorite photo-ops and one of the few cases where I had a specific subject in mind before actually finding it. I had seen lots of ferns and plenty of fossils at this spot, but I really wanted to show the juxtaposition of their patterns together—one living, the other as ancient remains. After a few visits, I finally found what I was looking for! -Zach
  25. When I recently got an iPhone 5, I thought that it would be great for snapshot pics. I had no idea how great a camera it has, especially when used in conjunction with the many terrific photography apps designed for it. Now I use it for all my fossil pics. Bye bye Nikon!
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