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Belfast.  An open laboratory forum for digital photography with microscopes, will be held on Tuesday Sept. 3, 2013, from 3:00 5:00 pm at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast. The forum will be co-facilitated by photography and optics consultant Bob Costello, microscopic imaging professional, from MVI, Inc. in Boston, and Hutchinson Center Science faculty.

The hands-on forum is for artists, naturalists, scientists, teachers, students, or photographers who would like to try out capturing exquisite images through dissecting and compound microscopes.  Participants will have opportunity to capture digital images of specimens they bring for art, teaching, scientific reference, or consultation.

The lab forum is free and open to all.  Some may have prior experience with photography or with microscopes, and some may come with the wish to take a glimpse of a flower petal through the microscope for the first time – all are welcome.

Participants are encouraged to bring specimens (such as bugs, plant parts, prepared microscope slides) and previously taken images.  We will share experiences with digital photography through the microscope – successes and failures – and share strategies for making exquisite images of the world of the tiny (from the size of a thumbnail to a few red blood cells). Please note this is not a workshop to discuss cameras or software. 

For more information or to sign up for the forum, please call the Hutchinson Center at 338-8000.