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Beautiful Microscopic Photography of the Elements

Wednesday 03.06.2013 , Posted by
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Photographer R. Tanaka of Japan enjoys taking photos of landscapes, cats and elements from the periodic table. Through his lens and eye he captures the mystery of each element he photographs. Photos of Bismuth, Osmium and Thallum are just a few of the many elements he focuses on.

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As an executive head of microphoto-studio Cat’s Glove, Tanaka focuses on a myriad of forms including photomacrography, macrophotography and photomicroscopy. He also engages in science photography, mineral and crystals photography. While his breadth of work is vast (if that word can be applied to such small work), his primary area of work is focused chiefly in organic-metallic chemistry and crystallography. Check out more of his work on his flickr or website.

(Bismuth above)

Platinum Crystals
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Arsenic
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Osmium
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Monoclinic Sulfur
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Tellurium
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Electrolytic Nickel
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Osmium
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Vanadium Oxidized
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Gold and Sphalerite
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Muonionalusta Meteorite
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Shawn Saleme

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