Extreme Closeups Are Not Flattering

There is such a thing as getting too close, it turns out

I guess you can get too close; this dried weed looked so fragile and innocent to the naked eye. Zoom in with a microscope objective (5X), and suddenly it’s a monster.

The photo below shows what I was looking at in all innocence before I took the 200 exposures required for a focus stack of this little devil.

Technical notes: Taken with a brand-new Mitutoyo M Plan 5X microscope objective, which I got for work and felt it important to test—even though I knew that it would of course be spectacular. Captured 200 images in automated fashion using a WeMacro rail using bluetooth on my iPhone. So easy! Beautiful, though, in its stark ugly way.