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)

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