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)

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