A focus-stacked image of a complete Hornet

This Hornet was found dead in front of the living room window one morning.  Glad it didn’t lose its temper while we were sitting down watching the box!  The wings on this one are 25mm (1-inch) long to give you an idea of scale – these are BIG beasties.  Far too big to go under the microscope even at the lowest magnification, this subject needed a different technique.  So out came the Canon 100mm macro lens and I manually focussed from the top to the bottom of the subject taking frames as I moved down in focus.  Altogether 18-frames were taken and I stacked them together using the truly remarkable Helicon Focus software.  Pretty acceptable result though I could take a little more care over the illumination 🙂

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