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Mansfield Man Eyes New Ways To Take Macro Photos

Mansfield Man Eyes New Ways To Take Macro Photos

In high school science classes in Pennsylvania, Mark Smith used just a standard, tabletop microscope to magnify the samples of minerals and rocks that would inspire him to become a geologist.

But in his free time, the teenager was helping to build a much more powerful device — a macro photography system that could compete with the best on the market to produce ultra-high resolution, full-color images of the tiniest things on Earth. His ideas and machinery were part of the first prototype of the Macropod, developed for the U.S. Army Institute of Public Health to capture images of insects in the field.

Years later, the Mansfield resident is still building on that technology...

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