14MAR2020 – Photography – Macro – Focus Stack – Hyacinth Shoot

 

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.”

Focus Stack – Dried Flower

When is a dried flower better than live spider?  When you’re doing a focus stack.  When the subject doesn’t move it comes out a lot better.

The first three photos are three of the 136 photos that I stacked together.  Notice depth of focus in each only comprises a small fraction of the total image.

 

 

 

Next is the photo stacked image followed by three magnified areas of it.

 

 

 

 

I think I’m getting the hang of this thing.