2007 PIEA-IPT-AIMBI Abstracts (M-Z)

Professor David Malin
Anglo-Australian Observatory and RMIT University

Imaging in science

Taking the broadest view of scientific photography, we find many people practising it who would not describe themselves as photographers. This includes: astronomers, radiographers, medical imaging specialists, holographers, ophthalmologists, electron microscopists, multispectral imagers and many others. I will look briefly at what these people do and how they do it to see if those of us who persist in calling ourselves scientific photographers can learn something about specialist imaging in today's world.

Martina Mrongovius
RMIT University

The perception and space of holographic images

My work explores the spatial montage of imagery, to create landscapes from my experiences.

A holographic image contains more information than can be seen from a single vantage point, so to read the hologram you need to move around the image. The design process of holography involves considering the optical image space as well as the viewing path.

This talk will discuss my techniques for capturing multiple perspective experiences and composing holographic scenes.

Mr Phred Petersen
Senior Lecturer, Scientific Photography, RMIT University

It's just hot gas and mirrors

Schlieren and shadowgraph methods visualize changes in the refractive index of transparent fluids, and have applications in many areas of flow visualization, such as gas dynamics, ballistics, shock wave studies, glass technology, and convective heat transfer. A short background of the techniques will be presented, and some examples of still images and high-speed video clips produced in the RMIT Scientific Photography facilities will be shown.

Ms Kylie Robertson
Executive Director, Creative Ish Media

Girl Friday, a short format interactive comedy series

The presentation will cover digital content development and commercialisation along with non-linear narrative techniques. It will provide an insight into issues facing independent producers and demonstrate Series 1 of the short format interactive series called, Girl Friday

Mr John Rule
National Sales & Marketing Manager, Hagemeyer Photographics

Biometrics: requirements of image capture demystified

What is biometrics? How does it affect the photographic Industry? What effect does it have on Document photography? What effect does it have on scientific, forensic and medical photography? What are the industry requirements, to support biometric image capture? How will it be used in future drivers licensing and passport documents?

John is a member of the International Standards Organization and an Australian Government advisor. He will provide an insight into this new technology and how it affects image-makers in all photo industry fields.
This presentation covers the importance of correct image capture and why. The adverse effects and outcomes if images are not capture correctly.

Mr Christopher Sprod
Senior Medical Photographer
Digital Media –Centre for Education and Training
Women’s and Children’s Hospital

E-Learning – a team approach

This presentation is an over view of the e-learning packages produced at the Adelaide Women’s and Children’s Hospital’s Centre for Education and Training and show how a media team working in collaboration with educators can produce quality and relevant products.

Mr David Tatnall

Mysterious beauty – The pinhole photograph

In the course of my career as a fine art photographer, the practice of hand-making silver gelatin photographs has gone from being a mainstream practice to being an alternative practice. The pinhole camera lets me explore issues that arise out of this major change to the capture of the photographic image.

By making a camera out of scavenged wood and using second hand film holders I do not use new resources. I reverse expectations created by the digital consumer society and concentrate the viewers’ eyes on what the camera has to show through the mysterious beauty of a pinhole photograph. Long exposures in natural light allow me to capture the passage of time. Slowness and care in processing the film match the slowness and care during exposure. I can feel in control of the whole process. Learning the most suitable lighting conditions for the pinhole camera has been an exciting and valuable experience.

This paper will be illustrated with pinhole photographs from my exhibition, Melbourne: Pinhole and some of my Figure in the Landscape images.

Associate Professor Nicholas Vardaxis,
School of Medical Sciences, RMIT University

Visuals In Pathology – A Syncretic Approach

Accurate representations of reality underpin effective diagnosis of disease, precise communication of information, and efficient teaching and learning. An indispensable part of pathology is “the image” – be it an image of a patient, a cadaver on the autopsy table, a representation of a diseased organ, a micrograph of a tissue or an electron micrograph of a single cell in disease.

Initially, the visual representations of information that accompanied written treatises of disease were drawings and paintings. The advent of photography saw a great enhancement of information dissemination, with black and white images that were produced quickly and objectively. At the same time, this technique highlighted the loss of information that was inevitable from lack of colour of imaged objects. Colour photography overcame this and further developments in micrography and photography were paralleled by developments in optics, microscopy, physical sciences and technology.

The digital revolution that we are experiencing for several years now is the latest and perhaps the most exciting development in medical illustration. It provides an opportunity for much innovation in diagnostics, telemedicine, medical records storage and retrieval, but also perhaps most importantly in teaching and learning.

This presentation examines these developments and highlights the modern approach to medical imaging, with special reference to pathology. It is a syncretic practice, drawing the best from each of its predecessors and adapting them into a unified whole that enhances our accurate representations of reality.

Professor A. Robin Williams
Director External Relations & International Education and Professor of Communication RMIT University

100 years of photographic imaging

This year, 2007, will mark an important anniversary – sixty years of the Institute of Photographic Technology and forty years of the Institute of Medical & Biological Illustration. More importantly it is 160 years since the Edinburgh physician Dr James Ingliss commissioned the first known clinical photograph; a paper Calotype of a fisherwoman from Newhaven with thyrotoxic goitre. Professor Williams will take us on a visual journey of discovery through 160 years of the camera in the service of science and medicine. He will highlight significant technological milestones and make observations on what has changed, and what has not, in scientific and medical photography. This will lead into some observations on the possible future of imaging and our profession.

Ms Ellie Young
Gold Street Studios

The Curse of the Salt Print
The salt print is an important part of photography both in its historic value and the enormous tonal range, greater than any of photographic printing processes available to date.

Typical of the early printing processes, salt prints employ a contact printing method where the negative is the same size as the final print and the negative is in "contact" with the light sensitised paper while exposing. 
The number of practitioners currently using the salt process is minimal due to the frustrations of creating a photographic salt print that fits their expectations. These frustrations are founded on two key problems, the inability to achieve the long tonal ranges resulting in a weak flat print and the varying colour and staining that can occur within the print during and after processing. 
These issues are explored and addressed in this paper.

Mr Reimund Zunde
Reimund Zunde Photography/Zundesign and RMIT University

Meanings - Photography in Education and the Marketplace

This presentation discusses the culture of photography and the differences in understanding within these contexts. It reflects on personal and industry expectations compared with the enthusiasm of new students of photography.