This is a rather small beetle, it is a product of 17 different exposures for different parts.
The body of the insect was segmented into 8 different sections, taken vertically to ensure ample overlapping, despite that, photoshop still had difficulties stitching it.
The legs were taken separately, and manually stitched onto the insect's body, since photoshop refuses to work. There are still some colour zoning problems that I need to fix manually. Overall I am happy with the result. Flickr does not allow photos that are over 10000 pixels wide, so I had to downsample the final product. This is only 50.7 megapixels, the original version is 305 megapixels. Even downsampled by quite a lot, there's great detail. You can find an uncompressed downloadable copy here: farm5.staticflickr.com/4619/40549970421_9e1f38d56b_o.jpg
This already took too much time, so I am going to work on some other projects. I will come back later to fix any imperfections for sure.
D810, Laowa 25mm f/2.8 ultra-macro lens at 3.5x, f/4.
3 ikea Jansjö lights for diffusion
Stackshot 3x, my rig allows up to 10 seconds of exposure without motion blur. That is in a completely sealed environment, with no one walking. I have to do these stacks late at night and very early in the morning to ensure the best quality.
For the 8 body segments, approximately 120 shots each. For legs, it took about 70 to get it right. So in total we have 1450 exposures, roughly that.