This beautiful micrograph shows crystals of dopamine - the chemical released when we do naturally rewarding things like eating and procreating. Dopamine also affects brain processes involved in controlling movement, mood and memory.
Spike Walker, last night’s winner of the Royal Photographic Society's Combined Royal Colleges Medal, produced this image by passing polarised light through dopamine crystals. How the crystals refract the light varies depending on their orientation within the sample, causing them to reflect light at different wavelengths. Using this technique highlights more detail in the crystal structure than regular observation through a microscope.
(Image: Spike Walker/Wellcome Images)
I bet you’re looking at this and thinking hmm not the best photo ever i mean it’s only a seafront and it’s ugly anyway. This photo was infact taken in the dead of night, the only reason it is bright is because i snapped the shutter down as soon as a flash of lightning hit. I was so astonished when these got developed that I actually managed to get a photo of it - especially on my 35mm film camera
So yeah, my picture of a freak lightning storm