January 20, 2010
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Scales on the edge of a moth wing. The part of the wing shown is 2 millimeters across. Yes you read that right! At this magnification, depth of field only covers a row or two of scales.
Nikon D300 with stacked lenses to give 4 times life-size magnification. 50mm reversed on a 200mm. Lit with flash from about 3 inches away. Carefully positioned a small dead moth on a pin at the edge of a table and went to work. Took many attempts to get this. Live View used to focus using a strong light positioned very close. The moth wing is about an inch from the front of the lens.