To obtain his images, a small piece (about the size of a fingernail) is cut from a meteorite or rock sample andground down until it is about the width of a human hair. It is then mounted on a glass slide to create what is knownas a thin section. Tom then photographs the thin section under a microscope at various magnifications using cross-polarized light to attain a fantastic array of colors.
About TomSince he began creating micrographic images with a 1 megapixel camera in 2003, Tom Phillips has been catching the eye of people worldwide with his stunning images. Captured with a modified East German aus Jena Fluoval microscope, his micrographs showcase the amazing formations that exist in all types of rock. Although the subject of his main focus is meteorites and samples from Mars as well as our moon, he also creates amazing images of many types of rock found all over a world much closer to home: Earth.