As nice as these images may look on the web, there are
only a pale shadow of what they are like printed. The
following zoomable image shows you the amount of detail
that is captured by a single scan.
|Luna Moth (7758 - Actias luna,
female). Wingspread 115 mm.
The underlying 184 megapixel image file (15671x11753
pixels) saves as an 669MB uncompressed TIF (RGB, 8
bits/channel). On a moderately high resolution (100 dpi)
display, the zoomed-out image shows you this moth at 1.8
times life size; fully zoomed-in you are seeing it
magnified to 32 times life size. On a standard resolution
72 dpi display, the magnification range is more like 2.5
to 44 times life size.
My moth images were created with the intent of
exhibiting them as large prints. A large print permits the
viewer to step back, to see the entire moth, and also to
look closely and see details that would normally only be
visible with a low-power microscope. The 36x24" print from
this file shows this moth at 7.3 times life size.
The Exhibits page lists where
prints are currently on exhibit.