Macro Insect Shots Made Of 10,000 Separate Photos With A Microscope Lens
Levon Biss is taking macro photography a step further with his latest project called “Microsculpture“, in which he lets the viewer experience the intricate beauty of insects at their own scale.
These photos are not your ordinary macro shots, they’re actually made of thousands of separate photos (8,000 to 10,000 for each finished image) taken through a microscopic lens and later stitched together using image editing software. The microscopic lens has a very shallow depth of field, so in order to capture everything in perfect detail, the photographer has to scan the subject nanometer by nanometer. A single picture takes Levon from 2 to 3 three weeks to finish.
The photographer was inspired by his son, who often brought insects from the garden. Levon later introduced the idea to the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, which was kind enough to let the photographer use its vast collection of rare insects and even gave a permission to take them back to his home studio.
Want to explore these photos further? Then head on to the project’s website where you’ll be able to zoom in closer.