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Old May 30, 2012, 5:22 PM   #1
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Default 1st attempts at focus stacking

Many of you, no doubt, are aware of a process called focus stacking, where you take a series of macro images - all focused at different points on the subject- then bring all the images into a stacking software that combines them into one image.

The process is sort of like cutting the subject into slices, with each slice focused. The result, when all the images are combined is a photograph with extraordinary depth of field.

I just really started reading about this concept recently and it got me intrigued enough to download a trial of Helicon Focus 5. This is the 1st result, I tried when combining 6 different images.

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Old May 30, 2012, 7:34 PM   #2
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....this is a procedure I want to try once I get a tripod. I recall Greg was doing some of this a year or so ago.

It is amazing the detail from the joined images..... you did well with this Zig
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This is a procedure I want to try once...I retire!!! It sounds like a lot of work. However, I like the results. Well done, Zig.

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Old May 31, 2012, 10:09 AM   #4
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Amazing clarity from the tip of the pistols to the dust on the leaves - very nicely done!

Techniques like this and HDR really expand what was possible on film.

It would be interesting to see a few (furthest and closest focus)of the 6 images that went into making this one so that the full power of the technique can be seen.
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