Male human head louse

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    Male human head louse, Pediculus humanus capitis.

    Technical settings :
    - focus stack of 57 images
    - microscope objective (Nikon achromatic 10x 160/0.25) directly on the body (with adapter ~30 mm)

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    1. Baubo Bittern 45 months ago | reply

      He looks cool, but how on earth do you get a specimen of such and then prevent it to move in at your own hair?

    2. linden.g 45 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the link Gilles, have you tried the 4x version ?


    3. Gilles San Martin 44 months ago | reply

      @ Brian : Thanks !

      @ Sonja : They were in my own hairs... I absolutely don't know where I got these insects. First thought that my kid gave it to me but he did not had any. I probably get it in the train... To prevent it from moving : freezing !

      @ Linden : No I did not tried the 4x version. But a (very kind!) colleague gave me a Leitz Photar objective that has probably a similar quality for magnifications around 5:1. According to my tests a good 28mm inverted on extention tubes has also an almost similar quality as the photar. When I see your results with the MPE-65 with wide aperture and extension tubes, I'm really wondering whether you would have a significant quality gain with these objectives. If ever you try it, please let me know !

    4. Baubo Bittern 44 months ago | reply

      Ewww.... poor Gilles! Perhaps I should not have asked.
      I thought you got few specimen of interesting pests from some doctor or so to depict them, not a case of own parasites. :(

    5. Javier Torrent 44 months ago | reply

      This one is a wonderfull image, I like the adition of hair to the final image.
      So, are you using it with no extension? 30mm? I have used my BD plan 10x at 7x with good results on a full frame camera so I guess you can use this lens at 5x with no problem in an APS-C camera
      I still have to do the cricket picture, Is just that I do not have any at the moment

    6. johnhallmen 44 months ago | reply

      Simply wonderful work!

    7. Gilles San Martin 43 months ago | reply

      Thanks to all.
      @ seta666 : (sorry for the late reply : holidays !) Yes without extension excepted the 30 mm of the adapter (F mount to T mount to RMS mount from a leitz Photar objective). This picture is rotated and cropped because I only had a microscope stand at the time I did this picture and it was difficult to obtain the exact composition I wanted. But the results are good also if you don't crop even in the corners at 5x.
      I found a dead wood cricket this week-end. I keep it for the winter !

    8. Javier Torrent 43 months ago | reply

      Thank´s for the info, I have used my BD plan 10/0.25 down to 7x with success on Full frame too.
      I have not been able to do the cricket shot as crickets I had were all female ( I am feeding a spider at home ) I will do the shots when I get a male

    9. AboutVetMed 42 months ago | reply

      Thank you for the Creative Commons License for this photo. It almost looks pretty. ;-) I have used it on this page: Can my pet catch head lice from my kids (or vice versa)?.

    10. DNGaines 39 months ago | reply

      That is the best image of a head louse I have ever seen. Nothing else comes even close!Fantastic work! David N. Gaines, Ph.D. State Public Health Entomologist Virginia Department of Health Richmond, VA.

    11. tomatito rodriguez 39 months ago | reply

      Amazing work this one..

    12. Gilles San Martin 39 months ago | reply

      Thanks for your kind comments Tomas.
      If you have some recomendations about my pictures (ie lighting, post-processing...), they are welcome. Your stacking work is close to perfection (in my opinion). I could learn a lot from you...

    13. Elliott Bignell 34 months ago | reply

      Staggeringly good demonstration of DFF.

    14. katefeil 32 months ago | reply

      Great photo! We'd love to have this and other nature photos from your photo stream in the Encyclopedia of Life Images group. Images from this group are harvested regularly to illustrate the pages of the Encyclopedia of Life project. EOL needs images for all 1.9 million known species, and every image helps!

    15. vytko1.618 [deleted] 30 months ago | reply

      alien like

    16. Jim Rees 27 months ago | reply

      Thanks again for the CC license. I've used this photo here:

      My own pathetic first attempt is here:

      I'm using a real microscrope, so composing and lighting the subject is fairly easy, but my $40 Celestron camera doesn't do nearly as nice a job. It also has a tiny sensor so even with my lowest power objective I can't get the whole louse in the shot.

    17. RumpledElf 25 months ago | reply

      Hi, I used this photo too:

      Thanks for sharing with a CC license!

    18. Dolor_ex 7 months ago | reply

      This Photo is used by the German Newspaper ZEIT:

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