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Robert Wins International Award from Zeiss for photograph of Vitamin C crystals taken with a polarizing microscope

Robert featured in the Calgary Guardian October 19, 2022

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Daphanid by R. Berdan ©

Australian Waterlife by Dr. Robert Walsh The Freshwater Microfauna, commonly called zooplankton are typically comprised of four major groups of microscopic invertebrate animals, smaller than 2-3mm: these are the rotifers, ostracods, copepods and cladocerans read more.



Great Gray owl by Philippe Henry ©

Wildlife along the Saint Lawrence river by Philippe Henry - These past years, I have been going every winter in the forests bordering the Saint Lawrence River, in the south of La Mauricie in Quebec. It is the perfect spot to observe and photograph the red foxes, owls and other wildlife - read more

Crystals of Alanine and Glutamine by polarized light microscopy Robert Berdan ©

Crystals by Polarized Light Microscopy Science & Art Part II by Dr. Robert Berdan - Crystals photographed with a polarizing microscope can form beautiful abstract images which attracts those that are curious or those that want to explore art and a means of expression - read more.

Crystals of amino acids by Robert Berdan ©

Photomicrography of Crystals with a Polarizing Microscope for Art’s Sake - Amino acids, Cannabis (THC) and Caffeine by Dr. Robert Berdan -  Studying crystals and their patterns with a microscope can be a very satisfying hobby. - read more


Chironomid by polarized light microscopy Robert Berdan ©

Introduction to Euglenids (Euglenoids) where some exhibit both Plant and Animal Properties by Dr. Robert Berdan There are tiny creatures on our planet that share both plant and animal properties called Euglenoids. - read more



Nassulid ciliate DIC microscopy by Robert Berdan ©

Nassulids -  Colourful Ciliates found in Pond Water by Dr. Robert Berdan Nassulids belong to the class of Nassophoreans which are alien-like visitors from another world - the micro-world.  Nassophoreans are found in fresh water, brackish waters, marine environments and in moist soils.- read more


Cilate viewed by DIC microscopy by Robert Berdan ©

Differential Interference Contrast (DIC) Microscopy and other methods of producing contrast by Dr. Robert Berdan One of the challenges microscopists face when studying live cells is the lack of contrast in cells as they are made up of about 70% water.- read more


Amino acid crystals by polarized light microscopy by Robert Berdan ©

Curved Crystals viewed by Polarized Light Microscopy Amino acids, Vitamin C, Menthol, Benzoic acid & Caffeine by Dr. Robert Berdan Microscopic crystals can exhibit an array of colours and shapes more spectacular then just about anything else I have seen in nature - read more

Diatoms DIC microscopy Robert Berdan ©

Cell Phone Cameras, Dedicated Digital Cameras and Digital Single Lens Reflex Cameras for Photomicrography by Dr. Robert Berdan and Brandon Berdan. The main question we wanted to determine is how do DSLR (digital single lens reflex) cameras compare to dedicated scientific cameras - read more.

Chaoborus larva by polarized light microscopy Robert Berdan

Photography of Chaoborus the phantom midge fly larva - Zooplankton's Nightmare by Dr. Robert Berdan. There are aliens on earth, not the ones you hear about on the History channel .. you can find them in nearby lakes and ponds with a microscope - read more.

Ritifer epifluorescence sta ined with Acridine orange Robert Berdan ©

Epi-Fluorescence Microscopy of Protists and other pond organisms using Acridine Orange - Photoshop Deconvoluton by Dr. Robert Berdan A normal wide field fluorescent microscope can see and detect objects down to 0.0001 mm (100 nm) - read more.

Plant leaft cross section by Robert Berdan ©

The Microscopic Beauty of Plants and Trees by Dr. Robert Berdan I am attracted to living things especially those coloured green like lichens, moss, bryophytes and trees - read more.


Bow mountain in Jasper National Park by Robert Berdan ©

Alberta Landscapes Part I by Dr. Robert Berdan I have been photographing Alberta landscapes and wildlife for over 30 years and I thought I would share some of my favourite places and photos of Alberta. Like most photographers I tend to get my best photos near where I live - read more.


Alberta Wildlife Photography by Dr. Robert Berdan I have photographed Wildlife in Alberta for many years and Alberta is one of the best provinces to see and photograph wildlife. I share some of my favourite photos of birds and mammals from Alberta - read more.

Compound microscope by Robert Berdan ©

Tips for Buying a Light Microscope by Dr. Robert Berdan. There is a microscopic universe all around us filled with alien creatures and crystals with colours like no where else on the planet. Many microscopic sized items even include the food we eat - read more.


Crystals Photographed with Polarization Microscopy: Water, Beer, Caffeine, Vitamins, Amino Acids and Human Tears by Dr. Robert Berdan Crystals viewed and photographed through a polarized light microscope are the most beautiful colours I have ever seen in nature - read more.

Eagle in snowstorm placing main subject unequal distance from each edge by Robert Berdan ©

The Art of Seeing and the Visual Elements of Design A Guide to Composition in Photography by Dr. Robert Berdan   For most of us, knowledge of our world comes largely through sight, yet we look about with such unseeing eyes - read more.

Hydra and bud by Robert Berdan ©

Photomicrography of Hydra - a model for studying regeneration and aging by Dr. Robert Berdan. The name Hydra was derived from a serpentine water monster in Greek and Roman mythology - this article shows Hydra that lives in fresh water. It is used in research to study regeneration and aging - read more.

Euchlanis dilatata - a rotifer common in pond water  by Robert Berdan ©

Photographing Rotifers by Dr. Robert Berdan An interest in Rotifers started after microscopist Anthony van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723) described them in a letter from 1687. These microscopic organisms live in water including ponds - read more

Spirostomum minus (top) and Urocentrum turbo (bottom) - both are common ciliates in fresh water by Robert Berdan ©

Photographing Ciliates by Dr. Robert Berdan You may have been introduced to Paramecium in biology class, a single celled (unicellular) "simple" ciliate found in pond water. Only ciliates are not simple but some of the most complex cells on the planet - read more.

Tardigrada - water bear by Robert Berdan ©

How to Collect and Photograph Water Bears (Tardigrades) by Dr. Robert Berdan As a biologist and photographer I am drawn to the beauty that is all around us; sometimes it's big and sometimes it's small - read more.

 

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Measuring the size of Specimens viewed with a microscope and adding scale bars to photomicrographs.

Rapid Preparation & Examination of Plant Sections with Microscopy

Diatoms - Natures Jewels viewed with a Microscope

The Value of a Stereomicroscope

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Microscopic viewing of Aquatic Invertebrates

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Birefringence, Polarizing Microscopy and the Michel-Lévy Chart (Part I)

Motic Polarizing Microscopes to Analyze Birefringence with Retardation and Variable Compensators (Part II).

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Introduction to Dark-field microscopy

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