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Old Jun 7, 2011, 2:43 AM   #11
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WOW, especially like the rainbows in the wings of #3. All fantastic shots.
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Old Jun 7, 2011, 11:47 AM   #12
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Thanks Stefan and Carol.

Bynx - I think you are referring to a process where you take multiple shots and the software combines them so more of the subject is in focus? I will definitely have to give that a try. Thanks for the suggestion!

Saly - here's an example of stacking. 7 pictures were taken - each slightly refocused (from front to back). I used CombineZP to "stack" and merge them. It brings out the depth of field. A tripod is recommended. If you look close you may see some slight "aberrations" (a slight breeze was blowing) around a few sections but for the most part it lined all 7 fairly nice. Another program is called Zerene Stacker - it's a bit simpler to use and costs $89. CombineZP is freeware.

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Old Jun 7, 2011, 12:04 PM   #13
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Clint - excellent shot! Does this technique really work on bugs that tend to want to crawl??? It has to sit still while you take multiple images, right? I suppose it would have worked on my dragonfly.... plus you would have to manual focus, which I haven't perfected yet (not even close). My next challenge.
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Old Jun 7, 2011, 12:08 PM   #14
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It won't work on crawling bugs - they have to stay still. Yes - manual focus has to be done. It's pretty easy on the Sony A55 but from what I remember manual focusing was a bit trickier on FZ35.
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Old Jun 9, 2011, 3:15 AM   #15
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wow lovely shots. i like them all. keep it up
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Old Jun 9, 2011, 4:12 AM   #16
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Rather than investing money on macro lenses, I've been playing with stacking the LC55 and Raynox 250 on my FZ35. While they don't come close to DSLRs with a real macro lens, I'm pretty happy with them....for a bridge camera
Excellent shots! I really like 3 and 4. It is very difficult to get nice
shots like these when you have an extremely shallow DOF.
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Old Jun 9, 2011, 7:01 AM   #17
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nice set there Saly !! got ya right in there didnt it well done
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Thanks salvu, corkpix and ja.....

Yes, the shallow DOF is really hard to work with, and most of these were in the shade so I couldn't adjust the aperture too much. Result of much trial and error!
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Old Jun 13, 2011, 11:28 PM   #19
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I mainly shoot macro, I always have. I shot with my FZ20 for 5 years...The FZ's are excellent macro shooters with the Nikon 5t and 6t stacked. I wish they didn't drop the f2.8 lens after the FZ20 though.
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Old Jun 19, 2011, 11:07 AM   #20
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So Sharp & Clear Saly, # 3 is awesome.
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