Ready for your close-up? Insect portraits reveal creepy crawlies in extreme detail

Photographer uses image stacking to create close-ups of a host of bugs

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 April, 2014, 9:55am
UPDATED : Monday, 07 April, 2014, 2:22pm

Insects often get a close look at humans - and, thanks to macro photography, we can now see their finer details.

These photographs taken by macro photographer Johan J Ingles-Le Nobel show insects including a bumblebee, a weevil and a sawfly in all their colourful glory.

Using a technique called stacking, the UK-based photographer, whose work has been featured on the BBC, creates one final "all-in-focus" image by digitally blending many digital images, all taken at different focus points.

Johan said: "Photography was an unrequited passion of mine since teenage years. But, ever since my wife presented me with a digital Pentax five years ago, it has been my main hobby that keeps me out of trouble outside of worktime.

"Digital photography is a wonderful leap in capability beyond the 35mm SLR film of yesteryear, and makes it possible for photographers to create all sorts of images that were simply unachievable 15 years ago."

Focus stacking can involve hundreds of images and is the same technique that was used by NASA's Mars Rover to send back all-in-focus landscape images of Mars, 50 million miles away.

Learn more at Johan's extreme macro photography website