Photographer Philippe Martin has perfected a unique type of nature photography that gives his images a hyper-real aesthetic. He accomplishes this by digitally fusing dozens of images of one subject together to create a single image in vibrant focus, almost unnatural to the human eye.
Martin has collected these images in a new book, Hyper Nature, which he says in the foreword "provides the viewer a new perception of biodiversity that shines light on the most humble and prolific of nature's creations."
We've excerpted some of our favorites in the slides to follow. Here, Boophis boehmei, a species of tree frog endemic to Madagascar. The species is abundant there but loss of forests could jeopardize its future.
The most beautiful grasshopper in the world, Phymateus saxosus madagascariensis, is limited to medium-altitude regions of Madagascar.
The family of grasshoppers to which it belongs is commonly known as the gaudy grasshoppers.
The Madagascar lobed argiope belongs to a family of spiders that have brightly colored abdomens. Their name comes from the Greek word for "silver-faced."
A small nest of Malagasy paradise flycatchers, Terpsiphone mutata, found in the spiky leaves of pandanus hidden in the undergrowth.
When fully grown, the males of this species will sport brilliant tail plumes that can be as long as their bodies.