Cicada wings at high magnification

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This is a portion of one pair of the large and small wings of a cicada.

Using a 90mm macro lens and three extension tubes totaling another 68mm, the magnification ratio is about 1.75:1. That means the size of the image projected onto the sensor was almost twice the size of the scene being photographed. (The scientists and mathematicians among us will surely prefer a different explanation that is technically more illucidating.)

Setup
The setup (again) is so simple that it can easily be explained with no need for a photo of it. The background is black velvet. The entire scene was lit only indirectly by a white reflector on the right side that was lit by a flashlight. I really like scenes made of cool and warm tones, so I enhanced them for artistic effect during post-processing. Similarly, I vertically flipped the image purely as a matter of personal preference.

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Imagine the 3 feet wing span dragonflies of ancient times... :confused:

Great picture Mike
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