35 Stunning Examples of Photomicrographs

Shooting breathtaking images using a microscope requires a deep understanding of lighting and subject preparation, as well as finely tuned equipment in order to capture the essence of the subject and all the minute details.

Photographers interested in photomicrography get to see the world from a completely different angle. From abstract colors and shapes to more defined cellular organism. The world of photomicrography – or microscopic photography – is a fascinating one. In this post we’ve collected 35 examples of beautiful microscopic photographs.

NIAID – Ebola Virus
Ebola Virus

karin jones – Snapdragon Seed
Snapdragon Seed

NIAID – Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus
Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus

Gerit Linneweber – Embryonic Musculature In An Insect Embryo
Embryonic Musculature In An Insect Embryo

NIAID – HIV-infected H9 T Cell
HIV-infected H9 T Cell

Joseph Elsbernd – BPAE Cells
BPAE Cells

石川 Shihchuan – Pinus Taiwanensis
Pinus Taiwanensis

NIH Image Gallery – Scanning Electron Micrograph Of An Apoptotic HeLa Cell
Scanning Electron Micrograph Of An Apoptotic HeLa Cell

Wellcome Images – Caffeine Crystals
Caffeine Crystals

dschmieding – Microscopic Bubbles
Microscopic Bubbles

University of Exeter – Carbon Nanotube Scanning Electron Micrograph
Carbon Nanotube Scanning Electron Micrograph

Frost Museum – Acaenitinae Micrograph
Acaenitinae Micrograph

Chase Lindberg – Microscopy
Microscopy

NIH Image Gallery – Micrograph Of Just-Divided HeLa Cells
Micrograph Of Just-Divided HeLa Cells

smaller.pathological.ca – Bell Pepper Flesh
Bell Pepper Flesh

NIAID – T Lymphocyte
T Lymphocyte

Daniel Ocampo Daza – Arabidopsis Mutants
Arabidopsis Mutants

Jason Hollinger – Coltsfoot Styles
Coltsfoot Styles

(biophotos) – Lenticela – Michelia Fuscata
Lenticela - Michelia Fuscata

Yale Rosen – Bronchial Squamous Metaplasia
Bronchial Squamous Metaplasia

(biophotos) – Myriophyllum
Myriophyllum

Duncan Hull – Bladder Sand, Polarizing Light Micrograph
Bladder Sand, Polarizing Light Micrograph

NIAID – Argas Monolakensis Tick
Argas Monolakensis Tick

NIAID – MERS Coronavirus Particles
MERS Coronavirus Particles

~Anne O ~ – Rose Leaf
Rose Leaf

NIAID – Ebola Virus
Ebola Virus

~Anne O ~ – Rose Bud
Rose Bud

NIAID – Ebola Virus Particles
Ebola Virus Particles

RIT CyberPolitics – Chemical Melt
Chemical Melt

Robert D Bruce – Eye Close Up
Eye Close Up

Surian Soosay – Microscopic Alien Organism
Microscopic Alien Organism

UAF Center for Distance Education – Onion Mitosis
Onion Mitosis

Andrew Magill – Mr. Jackson’s Right Eye
Mr. Jackson's Right Eye

Yale Rosen – Paragonimiasis
Paragonimiasis

Leo-setä – Rock Microsection
Rock Microsection

For those of you interested in either getting started with photomicrography or perfecting your skills and techniques, there’s various resources such as Nikon Small World as well as the book Practical Digital Photomicrography by Brian Matsumoto, that can be of tremendous help. Feel free to share your favorite photomicrographs with us on Twitter.