Entry for:UNSW Science Photo Competition 2016
1. Tell us a little bit about your photo(s)
"My creations, my photographs" would probably be the theme of my set.
Half a year ago I've started taking photos of some of the interesting things I do during my undergraduate labs. (2 of the photos were taken at home though). There are 3 main reasons for this:
Reason#1: I am fascinated by the things I see and therefore like to immortalise the moment.
Reason#2: To never forget my experiences in the lab.
Reason#3: To refer back to them when working on my lab reports.
And recently I realised I can also try my luck in this contest with my favourite shots from this year.
I do not consider myself a good photographer. I may just be a person at the right place, at the right time, who's willing to take a photo.
PS: Except for cropping, there was no editing performed on either of these photos.
Here's a little bit of about these photos:
- What you see in this photo is my home-grown NaCl crystal, just a string and a lot of salt. I dissolved a few teaspoons of sea salt in the distilled water and left it to evaporate in a container for about 4 weeks, with a string hanging in the solution. I pulled the crystal out and decided to take some photos. I was quite surprised when I saw how dark the background (the wall of my room) turned out while the crystal was bright and clear. How did I do it? I closed my blinds and only left a strip of morning sunlight to pass through onto my crystal.
- In this photo you see most of the compounds I've synthesised in my second year inorganic labs.
- This is just a Gram stain I've prepared during one of my BABS1202 (Applied Biomolecular Sciences) course. The shape of it was completely accidental. Some of the people I've shown this to described it as the head of a duck. I see it as a smiling face. And it's quite ironic, because although this Gram stain tested negative, it actually looks quite 'positive' to me. The slide was placed on a kimtech wipe.
- These are the plates my team and I prepared during our BABS1202 'Genetic manipulation of microorganisms' experiment. Escherichia coli bacteria were given a gene in order to express a fluorescent protein. The plates had different conditions, with only the bottom-right one hosting fluorescent bacteria.
- What you see in this photo is my oval-leaf mint plant, inhabited by what I thought were chrysalises. I watched for a couple of minutes and there was absolutely no movement. Although not very 'sciencey' of me, I tried to see what happens if I try to gently touch them with a twig. To my surprise, just as the twig was about to touch one of them, it dodged the twig and simply moved sideways 2 mm. The same happened over and over again. Can anyone identify what species these insects are?
- Just another photo from chemistry lab.