Turkish macro photographer Can Tunçer recently turned his camera onto ordinary leaves in order to study the details of nature. After back-lighting a leaf, Tunçer was surprised to find that up-close, it looked like a lava landscape.
“I especially chose this leaf because there were sections drying and ‘dying’ on it,” Tunçer tells PetaPixel. “When I backlit the dry/dead part of the leaf, a very interesting texture was formed.”
Here are some views of the rig Tunçer used to set up, light, and shoot these macro photos:
Tunçer captured a total of 1,400 photos over two weeks using a Canon 6D DSLR and two Ikea Jansjö LED work lamps for lighting. The lenses used were a Mitutoyo M Plan Apo 5x and a Nikon CF Plan 10x 0.30 WD 16.5.
Each of the final photos was created by focus stacking multiple images for a single, sharper image with a much greater depth of field.
All the photos you see here are views of just two different leaves.