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Plants and Insects Magnified Thousands of Times

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German photographer Stefan Diller has made micro worlds into immense and detailed landscapes to fly over. After three years of work, he’s refined a mix of scanning electron microscope (SEM) technology with “micro-movie camera” software. Thousands of photos — 1500 frames for one minute of footage — are taken at different positions around the specimen. These images are then animated together into a video process called Nanoflight, as shown in this rather jaw-dropping video.

And even the still photographs mesmerize. Be sure to check out Diller’s site for SEM images of animals, plants, and materials.

What would you photograph with a scanning electron microscope? And what do you imagine it would look like?

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