See what electronics really look like when you see it up close...

This is for the macro photography patch contest. I am forced to make this slideshow because adding pictures on comments is disabled, I don't know if it is a bug or a pro feature, so I'll go ahead and put pictures onto this slideshow.


  • The first three pictures are components on the mother board from a PC computer. (The smallest component you can see are no bigger than 2x1 mm.) I am astonished when the whole mother board looks speck free of dust, but up close, it is really that dirty...
  • The fourth picture with a ruler for scale
  • The fifth picture is the CPU. (I think!)
  • The sixth picture is the conner of the CPU.
  • The seventh picture is the top view of an RGB LED with a microchip, three LED's (you can't really see them), and wires that are made of gold?
  • The eighth picture is the side view of an RGB LED.
  • The ninth picture is the veroboard up close.
  • The tenth picture is the transistor in TO 92 type package
  • The eleventh picture is a 1/4 watt resistor
chosenone35 years ago
Whoaaa i didn't knew LED is like that inside :]
Good Job Plasmana as always.
krazipanda5 years ago
so.... HOT
ycc21066 years ago
Wow, very nice. What did you use?
Plasmana (author)  ycc21066 years ago
What camera I used you mean? I used Olympus D-390, modified to take pictures up close.
Plasmana, i know that you are good with electronics, can you give me any suggestion on Instructables the movie...
Oh so that's why it's blurred out towards the edges. My fujifilm takes better macro's unmodded.
I have an Olympus Stylus 720 SW, also macro modded!
Vyger5 years ago
Did you happen to see my instructablle on pictures of microchips?
You can use the front lens assembly of a pair of binoculars to get even closer.
Xellers6 years ago
How would you modify a camera to take pictures like this?
bug on fire6 years ago
are those little things in the first picture resistors or what are they i see alot of those on circuit boards
Plasmana (author)  bug on fire6 years ago
The black ones with numbers are resistors. The yellow/white ones are capacitors. I don't know about the other ones like the blue one with a gold ring.
The blue one with the 0 on it is a "zero ohm resistor." Used like pin jumpers, just the surface mount version. It creates a short between the two pads.
Why not just but a glob of solder jumping them?
But seriously, why solder in a special part, that is just as effective as a little line or glob of solder???
With reflow soldering processes you cannot get a blob of solder. The solder will flow to both pads, and separate in the middle. You can do it with a blob by hand however.
awang86 years ago
Huh? You can upload images to comments... (Let's hope this works otherwise I'll be like really embarassed...)
awang8 awang86 years ago
Plasmana (author)  awang86 years ago
Now you know why I did this. xD
qwertyboy6 years ago
the 'CPU' is actually either the Northbridge or Southbridge processor. this is what controls the motherboard. (like audio, graphics, memory, etc.) great pictures! i hope that you get the patch!
Plasmana (author)  qwertyboy6 years ago
Ahh, that is interesting, thank you for telling me that. Also, I don't care if I get a patch or not, I had fun doing this. :-) Besides, patches goes away after a month.
Goodhart6 years ago
Fantastic!!!!! Your camera sees better then I do (maybe you can come photograph all my components that I use to make things - those that are too small for me to read even with a magnifier, so I can use those components LOL ;-)
Wow, the pic of the RGB LED is really interesting! Keep up the good work Plas!
Plasmana (author)  thermoelectric6 years ago
Thanks man!
Kiteman6 years ago
These photos have been entered in the contest, and gain bonus kudos for the entry method.
Plasmana (author)  Kiteman6 years ago
W00t! Thanks kiteman! will try add in some more photos of a cleaner motherboard when I get more time.