A micrograph is a photograph of something seen in a microscope – sort of like the screenshot you take with your Wild Eyes microscope! Your camera won't be able to go this deep, but check these amazing micrographs for next level magnifying.
What to do
Your mission is:
1. GET DOWN WITH DAVE
Get primed for your backyard micro mission with the legendary David Attenborough, who guides us into the undersized underworld: "They build tower blocks that in proportion to their size are taller than New York skyscrapers!"
2. CONTACT THE LENS
With an adult’s help, remove the batteries from your laser pointer or disposable camera (you can get a lens from here or try Trademe for cheap laser pointers, or here or here for a camera). Then: carefully disassemble its housing to pull the lens out. The focus lens is right behind the nose cone on a laser pointer – removing the lens may take a little fiddling! On a single use camera the lens should pop free when you open the casing.
If it refuses to budge, stomp on it a few times and hope for the best! Totally kidding: don’t do that!!
3. LENS FRIENDS
Wedge the lens between the prongs of a hairpin and gently place it over the phone or tablet’s camera lens so they become very close mates.
It may be a bit tricky at first (the lens may pop out of the clip a couple of times), but be patient and you'll get there!
4. PLACE THE PIN
Don't pull the pin (it's a lens not a hand grenade!), but place it carefully over the lens of your phone or tablet.
Keep them together by taping the hairpin onto the phone. Switch to camera mode: your super-vision is ready to open its eyes!
Find something that you reckon might be fun to get a closer look at. Think about the micro-worlds you could get insight into (see what we did there). A leaf, shell, feather petal or dead insect (fly, cicada, butterfly or weta, like here) could be cool. What’s it like to see the world from a weta or ant’s point of view? An onion skin is eye-opening (and not just cause it made you cry!).
6. MICRO EXPLORER
Be like Ant Man and check out your backyard at close range, without having to actually shrink yourself! Head out into the field and capture your backyard’s magnificent miniatures.
7. UPLOAD THE MEGA MINI MAGIC
Try a bunch of different wild objects and explore the micro world at extremely close range! Only submit the most mega of your micro results to Wild Eyes for everyone to see!
Have a guess what this pretty in pink object is?
Focus in on some curious micro details or hypnotic patterns and challenge your mates and parents to see if they can guess what it is.
What do you reckon this is? Clue: it's part of a coat for an animal whose name sounds like two cars put together and flies. (Oh and the pink pic above is quartz!)
PILES OF FUN
Make your own micro-camera stand by piling some books or magazines into two equal sized piles 2-3cm high. Put the item you want to photograph into the space between the stacks.
Then place the phone or tablet lens on the stack of books, looking down over the subject. Your camera should be able to autofocus and show you all the beautiful details.
A torch will help your phone or tablet focus on your subject.