Looking to reveal the intricate details found on a butterfly's wing, photographer Chris Perani uses macro photography to capture the vibrant colours and textures found on these fascinating insects, which seem to resemble sequined fabrics.
Each image of a butterfly wing consists of 2,100 separate exposures merged into a single photo. [..] Using a focus rail, the lens must be moved no more than 3 microns per photo to achieve focus across the thickness of the subject which can be up to 8 millimeters. This yields 350 exposures, each with a sliver in focus, that must be composited together. This process yields one piece of 6-piece puzzle. The process is repeated 6 times for different sections of the wing with the final result being the composite of these pieces.
These marvelous images underscore how wonderful butterflies are, from their pollinating powers, their epic migratory instincts and surprising symbiotic relationships, but also the threats they are facing from climate change. To see more, visit Chris Perani's website and his Butterfly Wings gallery (prints are apparently available), and Instagram.