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Old Jan 18, 2012, 10:49 PM   #1
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This topic is so much fun, and it's gotten me out of my chair at lunch. Today I took another walk to the near-by botanical gardens, to see if I could get anything better than I did last week. Photography takes practice, and my time behind the viewfinder this weekend helped me come up with a couple of reasonable shots.

This is a 1:1 macro of a very small water plant. I've always been fascinated with the hairs, which look like fuzz from a normal distance, but resolve themselves like Velcro hooks when you get really close:



To give you an idea of the size of these leaves (guess that's what they are), here's a picture taken from a bit of distance. The plastic container is sitting in/on a tree stump.

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Old Jan 18, 2012, 11:11 PM   #2
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Great job, Mtngal. Keep up the good work that we are coming to expect from you.

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Old Jan 18, 2012, 11:19 PM   #3
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Your image would benefit greatly if you focus stacked it.
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Old Jan 19, 2012, 8:42 AM   #4
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I agree, Bynx, about the focus stacking. Or cropping closer so that I get rid of more of the oof parts. I keep eyeing macro focus rails and such, but there are other things that seem to be taking up my resources lately. These are hand-held, I didn't have either my flash or tripod with me as I hadn't originally thought about shooting this particular plant, and I've found trying to shoot for focus stacking just about impossible when hand-holding. I've done it successfully when shooting larger objects from further away (1:3 to 1:5 or less magnification) but never 1:1.

Now if you were to give me the winning lottery numbers, I'd be happy to buy them and then post a whole series of focus stacked pictures!
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Ya you definitely need a tripod to stack. The difference in focus between shots is miniscule. But when you see the results, you will just go WOW. As for winning numbers, well the ones that were always good for me were 38, 22, 36.
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Old Jan 21, 2012, 1:11 PM   #6
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Love the macro!!! It reminds me of Little Shop of Horrors. It looks like it is going to open up any second!

I too would like to try stacking but have not had time to play with it.

All I need is more software and camera stuff... can you ever have too much! *S*
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No, you can't have too much stuff. I've only tried stacking using CS4. It works reasonably well but isn't fool-proof. I've occasionally had to adjust the layer masks to correct software mistakes.
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