Beautiful Microscopic Photography of the Elements

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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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Monoclinic Sulfur
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Electrolytic Nickel
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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

Shawn Saleme

Shawn Saleme is a full time writer for Visual News. Having traveled to over 50 countries, his international escapades continue to influence his writing and perspective. When not in a foreign territory, he makes his home in his native San Francisco Bay Area. Become friends with him on Facebook and invite him to share drinks and stories with you.

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