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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. Hey everybody I'm new here and desperately need your help. I'm trying to take photo of some sample plant fossils and the results didn't satisfy me. I took photos with a Nikon D5300 with f/18, 1/2s, ISO 200. ( I couldn't focus well with wider aperture) My setup looks like this: (My light sources are in 60 degree position though) My photos look like these: (Little edit has done) Would you please tell me how to make them better? I need more details from my photos.
  4. Jurassicz1

    New to fossil photography

    Hi! I have just started taking photos of some fossils. This is my first one. Cretalamna shark teeth from Morocco Regards Adriano
  5. 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
  6. holdinghistory

    New Amber Photography Setup

    A while back I had posted asking about amber photography. Well, after a lot of research, and some expensive upgrades, I finally figured out a good setup. I am using a Cannon Rebel, with a 200mm lens, a few adapters, and infinity objective lens. The whole setup is mounted to an automated stacking rail and connected to my computer. I will usually take 100-250 photos per inclusion, and then stack them with a stacking software (Zerene Stacker). The end result depends a lot on the quality of the inclusion itself, as well as the clarity and shape of the amber piece, and the position of the inclusion
  7. 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
  8. 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!
  9. Foozil

    Scale bars

    Lately I've been experimenting with photographing fossils and creating composite plates in photoshop. To do this, I take individual photos of specimens at various angles and combine them on a blank canvas in PS. They look reasonably good IMO, but would appreciate advice on how to present the scale bars in the plates. I'd love to hear about the methods used by others, ie shape and features of the bars themselves, positioning and measuring. Should I use a consistent unit to measure every object in the plate like the below examples (1cm and objects to scale), or use a line to measure the exact le
  10. 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
  11. 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!
  12. Hello all, I am curious to know about the techniques people use for producing photographs for plates in paleontological publications. I know there are some professional paleontologists on here, so I'm assuming some of you have personal experience in this area. What equipment in general is ideal for this? I have next to no experience with photography outside of taking pictures of my personal collection with a point and shoot. The reason why I am asking is because I will be required to do so for my undergraduate thesis research (photoshoot of some Lower Cambrian trilobite
  13. 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
  14. RainBoKatchr

    Photographing microgastropods

    I have found a number of species in the Astoria Formation near Newport Oregon that are not in the literature, and I am planning on putting up a web site that describes them and makes proposals for their species names. And several of these are micromollusks.....a few bivalves, but mostly gastropods, with the smallest species being 1.2 mm high (not all that far from the world record of 0.7mm for a gastropod). And my digital camera, even in "macro-mode," can't begin to provide a usable photo of such an object. Does anyone have any ideas as far as photography equipment for small items that is a
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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!
  18. 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.
  19. Hunterthurmond

    Costa Rica

    I know that Costa Rica has a policy of confiscating natural items, so my plan is to photograph them. I read of a tourist attempting to drive fossils she bought and being charged with smuggling items of natural wonder, no bueno. That being said most I have found online is concerned with collecting and the prohibition of it. Does anyone know of any books about costa rican fossils and sites, books about costa rican geology, personal account, etc etc I have heard of some beaches on the pacific coast with petrified wood.
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. holdinghistory

    Lighting for amber photography

    Working on my amber photography setup. Right now, having issues with lighting the insect up properly. Still working on getting the focus correct, just switched to a steomicroscope with a c-mount adapter for my Cannon Rebel. Shooting remotely with the EOS app. Lighting with the scope's backlight and a dual arm microscope light. Any ideas?
  23. RyanDye

    Petrified Wood?

    From the album: Fossil Photo-Shoot: 1

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

    Petrified Wood?

    From the album: Fossil Photo-Shoot: 1

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

    Petrified Wood?

    From the album: Fossil Photo-Shoot: 1

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