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Posted 09 January 2018 - 09:47 PM

Well, I know how Gedee doesn't like a shallow DOF, so I figured I'd give stacking a try.  This was taken from the local butterfly house; it's too windy and cold to practice outside for insects that remain still - unless you find them frozen.  Anyway - 20-shot stack, hand-held.

 

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 11:45 PM

Wow, stunning. The detail is just fantastic. And the probiscus (if that is what it is called) is pretty amazing looking. Also amazed the butterfly stayed that still for 20 images. Great job.
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Posted 10 January 2018 - 12:23 AM

With "focus bracketing", the camera fires off the shots pretty quickly - I know this was less than 2 seconds for sure.  Hand-held, a second or two at 60mm isn't that bad. Thanks!  I can't wait for real bug season.  I have to familiarize myself with the focus increments and how they spread across the images at varied apertures, varied angles of view and varied distances.  I think it's an OK start. 


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Posted 10 January 2018 - 06:53 AM

Superb detail...20 exposures and hand held...!!!  Wonderful detail and colours.. Nice work indeed Jonny.


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Posted 10 January 2018 - 11:21 AM

That is really impressive detail. I'm guessing your camera has the ability to focus bracket built-in, since I don't have any idea how to focus stack anything that isn't perfectly still.


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Posted 10 January 2018 - 06:34 PM

Thanks Gedee!  TrailEx - Yes focus bracketing is built in.  It's pretty cool.  The camera rips off the shots at 11fps - I think.  It does it on a incremental, focal scale of 1-10 without knowing exactly what an increment is.  It also does it from two to whatever (999) shots.  Bug hairs are difficult. You choose the first focal point, and it focuses and shoots images back from that point. I was using 20 shots.  If there was a shallow DOF to the subject - like a bugs face on a larger image, sometimes the increment would not get clear focus throughout the bugs face and hair.   It will take some trial and error.  I am trying the trail version of Helicon focus, and it's pretty good, but I don't know any other programs so I can't give a true comparison of stacking software.  Thanks!


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 12:50 PM

Beautiful !  A great subject, Jonny.  Colours and detail are to die for B)






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