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Back at the start of 2011, photographer Kristina Alexanderson made a challenge to herself: take a picture every day of Star Wars stormtroopers new and old in a variety of situations. She's kept up with it, and even 11 months out she hasn't run out of clever and unique ideas. Even more interesting is the fact that, for only using action figures and tiny props, her "CClone 365-2011" photography collection — which is up to 305 days including 345 photos — has an odd humanizing effect on the Galactic Empire's iconic soldiers. (We're guessing it has something to do with Alexanderson cleverly recruiting a Lego figurine to act as a child Stormtrooper.) Below are 20 of our favorites from Alexanderson's excellent project.
Nikon Small World is an exhibit of some of the best "photography through a microscope" you're ever likely to see. Now in its 37th year, the competition enjoys entries from micro-photographers from over 70 countries around the globe. Photomicrography allows photographers access to shapes, colors and detail that go unnoticed otherwise. Whereas one hundred people could take a picture of a city's skyline and all could look the same, photomicrographers could take a hundred different pictures of the same subject, and each would look wildly different. Does the reading lens in a DVD-ROM drive strike you as beautiful? It just might under intense magnification, as you'll see in the gallery below. Last time we showed you the terror that's in the unseen world all around us. This time, let's take a look at the beauty.