As noted earlier I had a touch of cabin fever so I decided to try my first outdoor focus stack. What this means is that I have to drag along a laptop computer and a tethering line in addition to the camera and tripod. All of this is easy enough. What isn’t easy is telling the wind to stop blowing for the requisite two or three minutes of exposure time. And in fact, this picture is cropped as tightly as it is because some leaves were blowing around in the debris pile. Looking at it now I also note that the left side shoot is a little over exposed. So let us say as art it’s slightly underwhelming. But as an experiment in field macrophotography technique it will be “required reading at the Academy.”
“There agelong she had dwelt, an evil thing in spider-form, … and she served none but herself, drinking the blood of Elves and Men, bloated and grown fat with endless brooding on her feasts, weaving webs of shadow; for all living things were her food, and her vomit darkness. … But none could rival her, Shelob the Great, last child of Ungoliant to trouble the unhappy world.”
I can’t stump you folks.
I’ve got to say, this photo stacking has amazing capability. The detail is impressive and the stitching is imperceptible. I tried stacking jpegs and then raw files. I thought the composite made from raw files looked very slightly better but it took an hour and a half to process. That’s more than double the jpeg time.
So I’m finally trying out focus stacking using Affinity Photo. Has the potential to radically improve a lot of the macro shots. You get an enormous depth of focus but there are facets I still have to figure out.