Butterfly wing extreme macro

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Make sure you view it at 100%.

It's a 100% crop of a focus stack of a butterfly's wings. I think it was a swallowtail. I found it dead in my garage.

I shot with my D600 and Tamron 90 mm f/2.8 1:1 macro lens plus a full set of Kenko tubes. The magnification should be a little less than 2:1.

Lit with an Elenchrom Style 300 flash through a too-large softbox (the only size I have)

I shot a stack of about 16 images, using a focus rail to move the camera in tiny increments between shots. You do get better results using rails for a couple of reasons. First the entire image can be shot at closest focus. Second, the lens optics don't change between shots.

I find the level of detail you can get mind-boggling. The scales on the butterfly's wings look like woven fabric.
 

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Amazing detail! However, it appears that only the parts nearest the camera (in the lower left corner) are sharp. It might just be a problem the internet re-sizing the image though.
 
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Make sure you view it at 100%.

It's a 100% crop of a focus stack of a butterfly's wings. I think it was a swallowtail. I found it dead in my garage.

I shot with my D600 and Tamron 90 mm f/2.8 1:1 macro lens plus a full set of Kenko tubes. The magnification should be a little less than 2:1.

Lit with an Elenchrom Style 300 flash through a too-large softbox (the only size I have)

I shot a stack of about 16 images, using a focus rail to move the camera in tiny increments between shots. You do get better results using rails for a couple of reasons. First the entire image can be shot at closest focus. Second, the lens optics don't change between shots.

I find the level of detail you can get mind-boggling. The scales on the butterfly's wings look like woven fabric.
amazing!

It looks like an intricate woven fabric! Great job.
 

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