Strawberry fields

Macro photo of strawberry surface with seeds, their sprouts, hairs and cell structure at high magnification
Up close surface of strawberry (2695 x 2695)

Surface of strawberry at high magnification looks weird. I never thought that strawberries are hairy, and their seeds have sprouts. I had just one problem when took source photos for this picture: strawberry is too glossy. I placed white plastic bag around berry to diffuse daylight, and this makes reflects acceptable. However, we clearly see surface cell structure only with reflects.

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Strawberry cell structure at high magnification - super macro photo
Cell structure of strawberry surface, scale 1:1

Cell structure visible on seed's surface, too:

Strawberry seed details with cell structure at high magnification - super macro photo
Details of seed on strawberry surface, scale 1:1

For this picture, i used my "snowflake" setup (you'll find detailed description of this simple macro rig in article about snowflake macro photography), and combined averaging and focus stacking techniques: 10 groups of shots with different focus was captured; each group contained 8 identical photos for averaging (80 source RAW photos total).

Interesting: Google's Deep Dream sees it that way. :)

Strawberry fields - in deep dream vision

When this picture was finished, i've started new interesting topic - pollen grains:

Pollen macro photo: Stamen of Field Scabious (Knautia Arvensis) with lots of pollen grains against smooth pinky background