Friday, January 13, 2006

Macro photography of hair strands

The Olympus C-740 Ultra Zoom is magnificent. It not only has got 10x optical zoom, it also has a cool super macro mode which can focus on objects a mere 3cm away from the lens assembly.

The following photo is a crop of a full sized image. The photo shows a strand of hair, complete with the follicle ('the sheath of cells and connective tissue which surrounds the root of a hair' - Concise Oxford English Dictionary 10th edition). The background is a sheet of 80gsm A4 paper.

The next image is also a crop of a full sized image. Here, the strand of hair was freshly severed with a pair of scissors, which explains the abrupt end instead of thinning out to nothing.