Luciano Richino | Butterfly Scales



Name: Luciano Richino
Picture title: Butterfly Scales
Category: Micro
Occupation: Administrative Assistant

Luciano says:
‘This image of the wing scales found on Urania ripheus, a butterfly from Madagascar, was taken in my studio. I mounted the camera onto one end of some Nikon PB-5 bellows, while a microscope lens was attached to the other end with an adapter ring. The subject was illuminated with a single flash speedlight to achieve the highest possible sharpness. Using a micrometer rail I could advance micrometer by micrometer to capture a series of images at different depths of field. The images were then merged together with Zerene Stacker software. 

My principal objective with these photographs is to show people the perfection of the small – the details, textures and colours that we cannot appreciate with the eye alone.’

Technical information:
Nikon D750
Nikon BD PLAN 20x
ISO 100
1/200 sec
Accessories: Macro stand, Nikon PB-5 bellows, Nikon SB900 flash.
Post processing: Zerene stacker and Photoshop. 

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