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)

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