Taking Incredibly Detailed Pictures of Bugs Is a Work of Art

Photographer Levon Biss takes such incredibly detailed pictures of insects (most smaller than half an inch big) that he can blow up his insect portraits to nearly 10 feet in size. It’s a treat to see him work. And there is just so much work involved in photographing each insect. He lights each specific section of the bug (antennas, eyes, etc.) and photographs them individually so that every part will look best. Because he uses a microscopic lens to capture the detail in each bug, he has to take thousands of photos to make up for its shallow depth of field. His final images are made up of 8,000-10,000 photographs. Crazy.


Watch him work. It’s truly awesome. See his Microscuplture series here.

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