The incredible, fascinating new field of micro photography brought stunningly to life by an amazingly artistic cameraman, in the shape of Tomas Rak.
If you ever thought that you had seen stunning images created using macro photography techniques, prepare to be utterly enthralled by the mesmerizing micro photographic images of insects created by a truly amazing man.
Unforgettable close-ups, composed by the painstaking and time-consuming effort involved in stitching together up to 687 separate images, each one taken through a microscope lens
Slovakian by birth, but now living in London, the artist in point is Tomas Rak, photographing tiny areas of each insect via the microscope, 0.002mm being the size of each individual image, meaning that several hundred images are needed to give the complete picture for each insect involved
Having taken so many snaps, Tomas must then feed the information into his computer, sitting down to put them together in a process he refers to as stitching, eventually producing the bizarre facial expressions, bright colours and bulging eyes of various species in an way not seen before with such clarity
Living in Wandsworth, Tomas puts the dead insects onto a special microslider which can be moved the minute distances required for him to get the sharpness of photographic image that he needs, many hundreds of times over per subject. The insects have to be dead, in order that he can get the images he needs. He seeks his subject insects wherever he happens to be at the time,
When spotting something of interest, rarely larger than 3mm in size, 29 year old Tomas always has specimen jars to hand. He especially enjoys photographing insects, liking the shapes of the creatures, and the amazing detail of their bodies, invisible to the naked eye.
There has been, he is happy to report, a lot of very positive reaction, people seeing these incredible pictures constantly asking me how images on such a scale are even possible, even more remarkable, when one considers that Tomas Rak has been practising microphotography for eight months only.
Previously renowned for his macrophotography, which he finds less difficult and time consuming than that which he currently practices, because the magnifications required are much smaller, Tomas nonetheless loves the new work he is producing, the only complaint from him being that the computer editing is the most time consuming part of the whole process.
We should all be extremely grateful that Tomas Rak is prepared to put in such effort, because his work is truly enthralling, and a real testament to his amazing artistry, and the hidden beauty of the natural world in which we live. Utterly stunning imagery, without a doubt.
All images used with permission