David Spears

Photography: Macro and Micro Photography

David Spears is a retired cameraman, producer and photographer. He is a Zoologist graduate from London University and holds two FRPS distinctions, an ASIS qualification from the RPS and is a Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society.

His companies Science Pictures and Clouds Hill Imaging produced over 300 documentary programmes for BBC, C4, ITV, Discovery etc. Some won awards from Royal Television Society, British medical Association, and European Educational Association among others.

David delights in exploring the range of imaging techniques used by scientists and technologists and provides images that demonstrate that informative pictures produced for scientists do not have to be unattractive and badly composed.

The equipment in his studio includes 1967 Zeiss photomicroscope converted to LED lighting and mirror less digital cameras and a Zeiss LEO 430 scanning electron microscope. David has also been pioneering the focus stacking technology, building two different systems, working with mirror less cameras.

Published book: Unseen Companions: Big Views of Tiny Creatures (published by Last Refuge)

Light Micrograph (LM): transverse section shows Parenchyma or packing tissue from Cucurbita Stem
Crab larvae
Sleeping Sickness Parasite in red blood cells
Dinoflagellate, Ceratium
Light Micrograph (LM): Filaments of fungi Endotrophic Mycorrhiza live within cells of a root
Human finger tip print
Light Micrograph (LM): A transverse section of a leaf of a Tulip (Tulipa sp.) showing Stomata
Light Micrograph (LM): A transverse section of a stem of a Pepper
Light Micrograph (LM): Onion skin cells
Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM): Silk fabric material
A human Ovum  being fertilized
Dinoflagellate, Ceratium
A Mouse Ovum being fertilized
Oriental Rat Flea
Common House Spider - female
Human Ovum in Fallopian Tube
Light Micrograph (LM): A transverse section showing xylem of a root of Creeping Buttercup, (Ranunculus repens)
Psocid
Bumblebee
Light Micrograph (LM): A transverse section of a root of Conifer (Pandanus sp.)
Scanning Electron micrograph (SEM) showing stomata on a Yew (Taxus baccata) Leaf
Anopheles Mosquito pupa
Flour Mite
House Fly
Light Micrograph (LM): A transverse section of a stem of a Butcher's broom (Ruscus aculeatus)
Mosquito, Culex pipiens
Fruit Fly
Death Watch Beetle
Amoeba
Light Micrograph (LM): A transverse section of an aerial root from a Pandanus sp
A Mouse Blastocyst
Light Micrograph (LM): A transverse section of a leaf of Tasmanian Blue Gum (Eucalyptus globulus)
Diatom
Light Micrograph (LM): Longitudinal section shows Scalariform vessels of Fern
Light Micrograph (LM): Longitudinal section showing xylem elements of Mahogany wood, (Pinus sylvestris)
Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly
Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM): Silk fabric material
Light Micrograph (LM): A transverse section of a stem of Clubmoss(Lycopodium sp.)
Light Micrograph (LM): A transverse section of a stem of Fragrant Virgin's Bower (Clematis flammula) stem
Earwig
SEM: Human White and Red Blood Cells; Magnification x 21,000 for A4 size print
Calanus
Light Micrograph (LM): Transverse section shows Sclerenchyma Ground Tissue in Helianthus stem
Lily Pollen
A Mouse Blastocyst
Human Head Louse
Human Hairs - European
Tapeworm from shark
Megalop
SEM: Cactus Pollen
Rat Embryo
Groundsel Pollen
Rat Embryo
Black Aphid
Light Micrograph (LM): Filaments of fungi Endotrophic Mycorrhiza live within cells of a root
Light Micrograph (LM): Transverse section of a leaf of Marram Grass (Ammophila sp.)
Crab Spider
Human sperm
Four cell stage mouse embryo
Black Garden Ant
American Cockroach,
Human skin
Wood-boring Weevil
Wood Boring Weevil
Light Micrograph (LM): Longitudinal section showing xylem elements of old sunflower stem (Helianthus sp.) showing spiral chloroplasts
Light Micrograph (LM): A transverse section shows Vascular Bundle in Helianthus stem
Chigoe Flea
Light Micrograph (LM): A transverse section of a stem of a Monocot (Ruscus aculeatus)
Light Micrograph (LM): Transverse section of a leaf of Marram Grass (Ammophila sp.) showing Vascular Bundle;\
Jumping Spider
Silverfish
Garden Spider-male
Cheese Mite
Tapeworm from shark
Dinoflagellate, Ceratium
Human Head Louse
Cat Flea
Jumping Spider
Two cell stage mouse embryo
Rat Embryo
Frog tongue
Pond Skater
Rat Embryo
Bluebottle
Light Micrograph (LM): A transverse section shows Vascular Bundle in Helianthus stem
Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM): Peony Pollen
SEM: Human Ovum in Fallopian Tube : Magnification x 1,000 for A4 size print
Human Skin with Hair Follicles
Human Skin
Rat Embryo
SEM: Human Ovum in Fallopian Tube : Magnification x 1,000 for A4 size print
Dust Mite
Light Micrograph (LM): A transverse section of a Helianthus stem
Black Aphid
Human Retina
Anopheles Mosquito larvae
Brown Scale Insect
Tapeworm from shark
Light Micrograph (LM): A transverse section of a stem of a Marrow (Cucurbita sp.)
Light Micrograph (LM): The transverse section of a stem of Norway Pine (Abies Excelsa) shows the resin passages
Gecko foot hairs
Bluebottle
Light Micrograph (LM): The cellular struture of a non-vascular plant: Liverwort (Hepatica) showing chloroplasts and oil bodies
Light Micrograph (LM): A transverse section of a stem of a Tree Fern (Dicksonia antractica)
Leaf Section
Human Public Hair
Woodboring Weevil
Common Clothes Moth
Footman moth
Fungus Gnat
Rat Embryo
Light Micrograph (LM): plant cell chloroplasts - the site where photosynthesis takes place
Tapeworm from a batoid fish
Light Micrograph (LM): transverse section shows Sclerenchyma Ground Tissue in Helianthus stem
Human Hairs
Human sperm
Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM): Silk fabric material
Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM): Human gut showing villi
Driver Ant
Megalop
SEM: Human White and Red Blood Cells; Magnification x 21,000 for A4 size print
Light Micrograph (LM): A transverse section of a stem showing vascular bundle, cortex and epidermis of Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus)
Rat Embryo
Light Micrograph (LM): transvers section shows Parenchyma Ground Tissue in Buttercup stem
Crane Fly or ‘Daddy-Long-Legs’
Rat Embryo
Human Sperm
Human sperm
Eye facets of a House Fly
Merchant Grain Beetle
Deathwatch Beetle
anther of a lily with pollen
Ground Beetle
Green Lacewing
SEM: Human White and Red Blood Cells; Magnification x 21,000 for A4 size print
Light Micrograph (LM): Longitudinal section showing xylem elements of Mahogani (Swietenia mahagoni)
Common Rough Woodlouse
Human Foetus
Tapeworm from a teleost fish
American Cockroach
Cochlea of Guinea Pig
Villi in human intestine
Human skin
SEM: Stinging Nettle, Urtica dioica
Light Micrograph (LM): Tomato seed
Bedbug
Light Micrograph (LM): Tomato seed
Scanning Electron Mirograph (SEM): Mycorrhizae Fungi on root
Jumping Spider
Common House Spider - male
Human Skin with Hair Follicles
Tapeworm from shark
Tapeworm, Taenia solium
Light Micrograph (LM): A transverse section of an aerial root of Orchid (Dendrobium sp.)
Light Micrograph (LM): A transverse section of a stem of Common Lime tree (Tilia europaea)
Human Ovum in Fallopian Tube
SEM: Human Ovum in Fallopian Tube : Magnification x 1,000 for A4 size print
Tapeworm, Taenia solium
Confused Flour Beetle
Light Micrograph (LM): A Tranverse section of a stem of a Common or European Ash tree (Fraxinus excelsior)
Light Micrograph (LM): A transverse section of a stem of a Hedge Woundwort plant (Stachys sylvatica)
stigma of a lily
Termite (woker)
Human White and Red Blood Cells
Dandelion seed
Rat Embryo
A Mouse Ovum being fertilized
Light Micrograph (LM): Onion skin cells
Spectacle Moth hatching
Praying Mantis
Driver Ant
SEM: Human White and Red Blood Cells; Magnification x 21,000 for A4 size print
Light Micrograph (LM): A transverse section of a stem of Clover (Trifolium sp.) with an unidentified parasite attached.
Human Crab Louse
Varied Carpet Beetle
Light Micrograph (LM): A transverse section of a straw of Wheat showing vascular bundle, cortex and epidermis
Human Foetus
Light Micrograph (LM): A Tranverse section of a stem of a Common or European Ash tree (Fraxinus excelsior)
Whitefly
Scanning Electron micrograph (SEM): Open Stoma of  Chrysanthemum plant leaf
A foot of a House Fly
Human White and Red Blood Cells
Megalop
Common House Spider - female
False Scorpion
Follicle Mite
Human skin
Common Centipede
Harvestman
Lily Pollen
Scanning Electron micrograph (SEM): Yew (Taxus baccata) Leaf
Megalop
Human White and Red Blood Cells
Amoeba protective shell 'test'
Powder Post Beetle, Priobium sp.
Foraminifera
Red Admiral Butterfly’s Wing Scales
Human Crab Louse
Powderpost Beetle (Lyetus sp.)
Earwig
Leaf Cutter Ant
Cat Flea
Light Micrograph (LM): A transverse section of a stem of Whisk Fern (Psilotum nudum)
Honeybee
Light Micrograph (LM): plant cell chloroplasts - the site where photosynthesis takes place
Black-legged or Deer Tick
Light Micrograph (LM): Cells from a hair on the stamen of the common spiderwort (Tradescantia)
Lavae of Woodworm or Furniture Beetle
Bluebottle
Single cell stage mouse embryo
Light Micrograph (LM): A light micrograph of the nuclei of plant cells
Human sperm fertilizing egg (ovum)
Human Retina
Human Red Blood Cells
Wood structure. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a cross-section through a twig from a hardwood tree.
Light Micrograph (LM): A concentration of cells on the epidermis of a plant showing stomata
Light Micrograph (LM): A longitudinal section showing xylem elements of a Ribes sp. stem
Leather or Hide Beetle
Rat Embryo
Termite
Bee Sting
Amoeba
Light Micrograph (LM): A transverse section of a straw of Wheat showing vascular bundle, cortex and epidermis
Human Embryo
Light Micrograph (LM): A transverse section of a stem of a Horsetail Fern (Equisetum sp.)
Fungus Gnat
Dust Mites
Water Measurer
Light Micrograph (LM): A transverse section of a Fig leaf
SEM: Stinging Nettle, Urtica dioica
Common Centipede
Rat Embryo
Human Embryo With Placenta
Rat Embryo
Bedbug
Light Micrograph (LM): A transverse section shows Xylem in Helianthus stem
Human Embryo
Light Micrograph (LM): A transverse section of a stem of Whisk Fern (Psilotum nudum)
A human Ovum  being fertilized
Light Micrograph (LM): Longitudinal section showing xylem elements of old sunflower stem(Helianthus sp.) showing spiral chloroplasts
Rat Embryo
Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM): Silk fabric material
Human vein showing red blood cells
Rat Embryo
Light Micrograph (LM): A transverse section of a stem of Clover (Trifolium sp.) with an unidentified parasite attached.
Light Micrograph (LM): Cells from a hair on the stamen of the common spiderwort (Tradescantia)
C elegans
Rat Embryo
Light Micrograph (LM): transverse section shows Sclerenchyma Ground Tissue in Helianthus stem
Common Furniture Beetle
American Cockroach
Light Micrograph (LM): transverse section of Prunus Leaf
Human Retina
Wasp Sting
Rat Embryo
Crane Fly or ‘Daddy-Long-Legs’
Scanning Electron micrograph (SEM) showing stomata on a Yew (Taxus baccata) Leaf
Garden Spider-female
Springtail
Light Micrograph (LM): Transverse section of a stem of Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus)
Human Cochlea
Follicle Mite
Crab larvae
Bood vessels in intestine
Jumping Spider
Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM): Silk fabric material
Light Micrograph (LM): A transverse section of a leaf of a Tulip (Tulipa sp.) showing Stomata
Light Micrograph (LM): Longitudinal section of stem showing xylem elements of Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia splendens)
Micro-filarial worm
SEM: Human Ovum in Fallopian Tube : Magnification x 1,000 for A4 size print
Termite (woker)
Light Micrograph (LM): A transverse section of a leaf of a Cherry (Prunus sp.)
Rat Embryo
Cat Hairs
Chigoe Flea
Sleeping Sickness Parasite in red blood cells
Seven-Spot Ladybird
Human sperm
Eggs of Green Lacewing
Soil Nematode
Human Foetus
Rat Embryo
Human Fallopian Tube
Light Micrograph (LM): A transverse section of an aerial root of Orchid (Dendrobium sp.)
Froghopper (nymph)
Scanning Electron micrograph (SEM) showing stomata on a Yew (Taxus baccata) Leaf
Light Micrograph (LM): A transverse section of a stem of Clubmoss(Lycopodium sp.)
a gut tumour
SEM: Human Red Blood Cells; Magnification x 6,500  for A4 size print.
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