Charles Krebs Photography
Krebs has been a full-time photographer for more than 30 years, but began focusing on photomicrography about 5 years ago. He told DISCOVER that this work brings a special reward.
"The most compelling aspect of this type of photography is that it rekindles a "child-like" sense of discovery and fascination since it offers many subjects that I have never seen before, or have never observed closely enough to comprehend the infinite detail in nature. Inevitably this leads to a greater appreciation and sense of awe for the complexity and variety of life that literally surrounds us, but normally goes unnoticed."
He was drawn to the striking geometry and deep colors of this wasp's compound eye, but photographing it was no easy task. Because high magnification photographs provide little depth-of-field, Krebs took 70 successive photos with slightly different focus locations. Then the in-focus sections from each of the 70 photos were combined to create this single image.