Compound Eye: a new science photo blog

Good news, everyone!*

Scientific American has launched an ambitious new blog network, and somehow I have ended up part of it. As of 8:00 am EST this morning I am running a shiny new blog:

Compound Eye: the many facets of science photography

Compound Eye will be more explicitly photographic in focus (ha! pun intended) than the present blog and will discuss photo technique, feature images from across the sciences, and offer my half-baked thoughts on all manner of issues in science photography.

I’ve been sitting on this news for weeks. Unable to tell anyone owing to a press embargo, I’ve been so excited I just about thought I’d explode. Fortunately I’ve made it through to the launch date intact.

What does the change mean for Myrmecos?

Some of the photographic topics, including Thrifty Thursdays, will move to Scientific American, but after the dust settles Myrmecos should continue uninterrupted. Slightly tilted more towards Myrmecology, but otherwise I’d like to keep Myrmecos exactly as it’s been.

Some links:

Twitter hashtag for the launch is #sciamblogs.

I hope to see you over there!

[note: commenting at Sciam is login only at the moment but that should change later this week]

19 thoughts on “Compound Eye: a new science photo blog”

  1. Congrats! I will check out the SciAm site too. I hope this doesn’t mean fewer illustrations here at Myrmecos, though!

    1. Thanks Marlene! I don’t think the new blog will impact Myrmecos all that much, aside from poaching Thrifty Thursday and maybe adding some new readers.

  2. Good luck with your new blog, Alex.

    Unfortunately, your blog’s social environment is not what it used to be. Sci Am has been captured by the junk science du jour school of polarized science where all too often conclusions come first and supporting science comes last, if ever, imo.

    At least one of the saving graces of obscure science areas like entomology is their usual lack of politicization. Hopefully we won’t see too many global warming/thermageddon/ocean acidification/ice age/whatever is caused by insect photography screeds there, rofl.

    1. It wasn’t as bad as the stuff that’s been happening to Science Blogs. Sleezy ads, corporate influences, and now it’s being sold to National Geographic or something, I hear.

      1. Jason, I am less concerned by publication aspects outside of the actual science content in articles and more concerned by the article content itself which attempts to draw political conclusions irrespective of the science itself.

        When scientists attempt to combine the scientific method with political inference drawn from that science, all I ever see is corruption of the science itself.

    2. While I tend to agree with Scientific American’s mainstream position on climate change, I see your point as a single instance of a larger and rather important issue.

      The problem of associating myself with a corporate entity- and potentially with a range of motives and agendas that might not overlap with mine- was one reason why I decided not to move Myrmecos itself to the SciAm network even though that was to be the original plan. I do have near-complete editorial independence at SciAm, though.

      1. Ya, Alex, you would have to work quite hard at an insect photography blog to bring it into the land of politically correct.

        However, I am more than willing to suggest ‘hot’ topics like “My Canon D60 stopped working because of teh dastardly Global Warming…erm Thermageddon” or perhaps “Underwater Photography Tips to Counter the Coming Acidified Oceans”.


  3. Congratulations, Alex! I think Scientific American has done well in terms of blog breadth, authenticity and reader engagement.

    You’ve got a wealth of knowledge to share, a great sense of humor, and outstanding perspective on so many aspects of science broadly.

    Enjoy your blogging!

  4. Yay, Alex! Dad and I are thrilled. Now we’ll have TWO of your blogs to read every day. Keep up the good work. 🙂 XXXMom

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