04/11/2013 11:53 am ET Updated Apr 11, 2013

Donald Jusa Insect Images: Photographer Captures Incredible Close-Ups Of Bugs (PHOTOS)

These bugs are certainly ready for their close-ups.

In a series of incredible insect images, photographer Donald Jusa captures close-up photos of a variety of bugs he discovered outside of his workplace in East Kalimantan, Indonesia.

Jusa, who also works as a geologist, explained that he became interested in using macrophotography to take pictures of the tiny creatures because there are so many insects on this planet that are "unique and colorful," the Daily Mail reports.


The photographer told The Huffington Post that he first started dabbling in the field two years ago when he obtained his first digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera.

Positioning his camera slightly more than one inch away from his subjects, Jusa uses focus stacking to capture intricate details of each insect's features and form. The photography technique, which combines several images taken at different focuses, provides a greater depth of field.

While some photographers are able to capture photos of living creatures in the field, Jusa said that his subjects are already dead.

"I understand there is disagreement and controversy for this," Jusa told HuffPost. However, he questioned what's the difference between his work and "scientists who collect and perserve insects for the purpose of scientific discovery?"

"My purpose here is only to show to the world that world of very small insects -- unique, colorful and varied -- is also very beautiful," he explained.

Jusa is not the first to employ macrophotography to showcase the beauty of nature.

In a 2011 series, photographer Suren Manvelyan took close-up photos of animal eyes. Other innovative artists have gone a step further and photographed insects up close under an electron microscope.

Check out Jusa's stunning insect photo series in the gallery below.

Donald Jusa's Insect Photos
Donald Jusa's Insect Photos