Diatom Depth

With a little bit of light trickery, I was able to capture this stunning photomicrograph of a diatom. By shifting my dark field filter a little bit, it casted a shadow on one side of the slide and portrayed a feeling of depth.

You may have noticed the purple-ish coloring around the outer rim of the cell. Since the diatom’s cell wall is made of silica, it refracts light and can appear a variety of colors.

One Reply to “Diatom Depth”

  1. I really like how this image brings out the depth of the diatom and shows it’s colors and cell wall. Great job!

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