I was examining some things from the aquarium this morning trying to identify some intersting hydrozoans that appear every now and then and in the process also took a small piece of one of the tropical freshwater mosses out (to see if I could find any protozoans on them) and was quite struck by them. This is by no means a faithful micrograph and the orginal image has been edited heavily and was an experiment, and one which I will follow up with some more carefully prepared and imaged starting points. The original image (shown lower down in this post) is a stack of 5 images taken at different points of focus and is edited in LR for clarity and black point. After cloning out distracting elements in PS, I then created 2 layers; one edited in Nik Color Efex Pro and the other in Nik Silver Efex Pro. These were then merged in PS leaving the monochrome image dominant. The resultant image was nice, but a bit too clean and so was then processed in Nik Analog Efex using a wet plate simulation as the starting point. Although the result of this was quite pleasing, I missed the hand coloured effect of the first layered image and so again layered this with the Nik Color Efex edit and, using a layer mask, brought back a touch of the original colours in selected areas. The original images were taken using a Reichert Me-F2 using a 4X objective and transitted light with partially crossed polarisers onto a 5 MP CCD device attached to one of the camera ports. Five images at different depths of focus were taken and these were merged using Helicon Focus using depth map stacking. The original image stack.