Macro Butterfly Wings

Photo credit: Chris Perani via Peta Pixel

These aren’t computer generated images, just extreme close-ups of butterfly wings captured by photographer Chris Perani. They may look beautiful, but these images took a painstaking amount of work, as each one is composed of 2,100 separate exposures that were merged into a single ultra-high-resolution photo. They were captured using a 10x microscope objective attached to a 200mm camera lens. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

Macro Butterfly Wings
Macro Butterfly Wings
Macro Butterfly Wings
Macro Butterfly Wings
Macro Butterfly Wings

“Since I am using a microscope objective, the depth of field is almost nonexistent. Using a focus rail, the lens must be moved no more than 3 microns per photo to achieve focus across the thickness of the subject, which can be up to 8 millimeters. This yields 350 exposures, each with a sliver in focus, that must be composited together. This process yields one piece of 6 piece puzzle. The process is repeated 6 times for different sections of the wing with the final result being the composite of these piece,” Perani told PetaPixel.