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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. 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
  3. 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!
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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!
  7. 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
  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. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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!
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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?
  18. RyanDye

    Petrified Wood?

    From the album: Fossil Photo-Shoot: 1

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

    Petrified Wood?

    From the album: Fossil Photo-Shoot: 1

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

    Petrified Wood?

    From the album: Fossil Photo-Shoot: 1

    Using this image for a post this may be updated depending on the outcome.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. These are a few of the pdf files (and a few Microsoft Word documents) that I've accumulated in my web browsing. MOST of these are hyperlinked to their source. If you want one that is not hyperlinked or if the link isn't working, e-mail me at joegallo1954@gmail.com and I'll be happy to send it to you. Please note that this list will be updated continuously as I find more available resources. All of these files are freely available on the Internet so there should be no copyright issues. Articles with author names in RED are new additions since May 8, 2017.
  24. I decided to do a little experiment yesterday after reading a little about photogrammetry and how it's being used in archaeology for 3D scanning sites. The idea of digitizing fossils in 3D is very, very cool to me. I decided to do a little more research on it and possibly give it a try. For this experiment: All software was completely free. I didn't use an expensive camera....In fact, I used my smartphone to take all the photos. Image size was only 1000x1000px and quality wasn't that great (it's a phone) I didn't have a good light setup. I used the flash on my phone.
  25. Has anyone tried to take a 3D photograph of a fossil that you can rotate in all directions when displayed on a website? If so, what software did you used? What do you recommend for me? I want something inexpensive but am willing to put in the effort to make it work the way it should. I have a background in photography and 3D but not VR and this something I want to exploit. I want to take a bunch of photos of a fossil from all angles and stitch them into something the website visitor can manipulate as holding it in his/her hand. The software I see when I do a web search don't list prices but
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