These Ethereal Insect Photos Will Inspire You For Gizmodo's Shooting Challenge

This week's Gizmodo Shooting Challenge theme is Insects -- and you have until Tuesday to send in your best work. To help get your creative juices flowing, here is an amazing collection of images from Malaysian photographer, Lee Peiling. Pictures so fantastic, it feels like you're peering into another world. A world populated with helpful praying mantises and ants ready to lend a helping hand.

The photographer utilized the Bokeh photography technique to achieve the ethereal quality of the macro-photos. The bokeh technique emphasises the aesthetic quality of out of focus areas and how those blurred areas render light. The highlights in those blurred areas usually produce a halo of light.

According to Colossal, Lee picked up the camera for the first time three years ago. Imagine how incredible her photographs will be after six years. [Lee Peiling via Colossal]