Microscope Gemstone

Photo credit: Danny J. Sanchez

Danny J. Sanchez is not only a photographer, but a gemologist specializes in macro gemstone photography. The microscope’s magnification is used to highlight the tiniest details embedded in gemstones, giving them an other-worldly look. To ensure that maximum detail is retained, he photographs each gemstone up to 120 times, while altering the focus depth for each shot, and then digitally composites the images together (focus stacking). Click here to view the first image in this week’s funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of DJ Earworm’s amazing United States of Pop 2014 mashup.