Schneider Photography & Design

Macro & Close-up

Many of the images on this page were created by using focus stacking. This process involves taking a series of images at various depths through the object of interest and then combining them to create a sharply-focused final image of the entire object from front to back. This can be done to show everything in the frame in sharp focus, or just the object of interest. The object must be stationary for this to work well, especially at higher magnifications. A number of the images are labeled with a magnification factor "X". This indicates the degree of magnification of the object by the lens relative to the size of the camera's sensor. It does not mean the same as a microscope's magnification. Lastly, some of the images, such as the Giant Forest Owl Butterfly wing, were taken in sections as focus stacks, and then the focus-stacked imges combined as mosaics to give the full extent of the object at the higher magnification. The reason to do this is to show much more detail when zooming into the image on the computer. The full advantage of this is lost to some degree when downsizing for a web site.

Wing Detail

Giant African Swallowtail Butterfly
Giant African Swallowtail Butterfly
Giant Forest Owl Butterfly
Giant Forest Owl Butterfly
Giant Forest Owl Butterfly Eyespot
Giant Forest Owl Butterfly Eyespot
Giant Blue Swallowtail Butterfly Scales 2.5X
Giant Blue Swallowtail Butterfly Scales 2.5X
Rice Paper Butterfly Scales 5X
Rice Paper Butterfly Scales 5X
Rice Paper Butterfly Scales 21X
Rice Paper Butterfly Scales 21X
Rothschild's Birdwing Butterfly
Rothschild's Birdwing Butterfly
Swamp Tiger Butterfly Scales 7X
Swamp Tiger Butterfly Scales 7X
Sunset Moth
Sunset Moth
Sunset Moth Scales 21X
Sunset Moth Scales 21X
Red Glider Butterfly
Red Glider Butterfly
Red Glider Butterfly Wing Underside
Red Glider Butterfly Wing Underside
Wasp Wings 1.7X
Wasp Wings 1.7X

Flowers

Alpine Lily
Alpine Lily
Anemone
Anemone
Begonia Female Flower
Begonia Female Flower
Begonia Center 1X
Begonia Center 1X
Female flower stigma looking down.
Begonia Center 1.2X
Begonia Center 1.2X
Female flower stigma looking across.
Begonia Male Flower
Begonia Male Flower
Bleeding Heart
Bleeding Heart
Bitterroot
Bitterroot
Sea Pink (Thrift)
Sea Pink (Thrift)
Columbine
Columbine
Darlingtonia californica (Cobra Lily)
Darlingtonia californica (Cobra Lily)
Echeveria
Echeveria
English Daisy
English Daisy
Fuchsia
Fuchsia
Globe-Mallow
Globe-Mallow
Hellebore
Hellebore
Hellebore Center
Hellebore Center
Hoya carnosa
Hoya carnosa
Hoya carnosa 1.7X
Hoya carnosa 1.7X
Lupine
Lupine
Magnolia
Magnolia
Maple Flowers
Maple Flowers
Milkweed Flowers
Milkweed Flowers
Orchid
Orchid
Prince's Plume
Prince's Plume
Red Hot Poker
Red Hot Poker
Coastal Rhododendron
Coastal Rhododendron
Native to Pacific Northwest
Thistle
Thistle
Trillium
Trillium
Water Lily
Water Lily
XChiranthofremontia lenzii
XChiranthofremontia lenzii

Insect Close-up

Giant African Swallowtail Butterfly Head 2X
Giant African Swallowtail Butterfly Head 2X
Syrphid Fly Head 8X
Syrphid Fly Head 8X
Three-horned Rhino Beetle
Three-horned Rhino Beetle
Shot-tailed Ichneumen Wasp Head 7.7X
Shot-tailed Ichneumen Wasp Head 7.7X
Bumble Bee in Lupine
Bumble Bee in Lupine
Yellow Jacket Wasp Head 2X
Yellow Jacket Wasp Head 2X
Wasp Nest With Eggs
Wasp Nest With Eggs
Early stage in construction. Yellow Jacket Wasp
Praying Mantis
Praying Mantis
Recently-hatched Spiders
Recently-hatched Spiders
Huntsman Spider
Huntsman Spider
California Carpenter Bee on Wild Rose
California Carpenter Bee on Wild Rose
Goldenrod Spider with Bumble Bee Prey
Goldenrod Spider with Bumble Bee Prey

Shells & Marine

Angel Wings Shell Pair
Angel Wings Shell Pair
Bullmouth Helmet Shell
Bullmouth Helmet Shell
Cardium Shell
Cardium Shell
Giant Sundial Shells
Giant Sundial Shells
Murex Shell
Murex Shell
Nautilus Shells
Nautilus Shells
Nautilus Shell Transilluminated
Nautilus Shell Transilluminated
Paper Nautilus (Argonaut)
Paper Nautilus (Argonaut)
Glass Sponge Attached (naturally) to Xenophora Shell
Glass Sponge Attached (naturally) to Xenophora Shell
Wall Structure of Glass Sponge 21X
Wall Structure of Glass Sponge 21X
Silica "spicules"
Arrowhead Sand Dollar
Arrowhead Sand Dollar
Eccentric Sand Dollar
Eccentric Sand Dollar
Keyhole Sand Dollar
Keyhole Sand Dollar
Sea Biscuit Sand Dollar
Sea Biscuit Sand Dollar
Sea Cookie Sand Dollar Transilluminated
Sea Cookie Sand Dollar Transilluminated
Monochrome
Sand Dollar Central Pattern
Sand Dollar Central Pattern
Transilluminated
Black Cup Coral
Black Cup Coral
Black Cup Coral 0.6X
Black Cup Coral 0.6X
Black Cup Coral 2X
Black Cup Coral 2X
Abalone Shell Interior
Abalone Shell Interior

Water Droplet Macro

Shell in Water Droplet
Refracting Water Droplet on Hoya
Red Flower in Water Droplet
Poinsettia in Water Droplets Composite
Daisy in Water Droplets 2
Nautilus Shell in Water Droplets
Daisy in Water Droplets 1

All photos copyright Fred V Schneider