We pass by rivers, creeks and lakes all the time – and sometimes swim in them – but we rarely notice what is swimming with us. Microscopic life teems in the freshwater our planet contains. Rarely has this better been shown than in the work of photographer Daniel Stoupin, who’s shared some of his amazing images of tiny water-dwelling organisms with us – while explaining some of the techniques he uses to photograph them.
Image: Daniel Stoupin
The creatures in these images were all alive when their pictures were taken. Stoupin reckons it’s probably the most difficult issue in the microscopic photography. The first problem is simply that “the animals move,” Stoupin told us. “And when they die, they get really ugly and decay rapidly, losing the shape almost immediately.” You can actually see the internal organs in this water flea even though it is only half a millimeter in size.