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Old May 10, 2009, 2:58 PM   #1
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Default Robber fly - focus stacked - added sourceimages 2nd picture

After I found lordV on the internet I've always been intreged by the way he focus stacks his macro shots.
For those who don't know him you should visit him at http://lordv.smugmug.com/ or
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lordv/.

So today when a robber fly landed in the garden I tried focus stacking my macro shots of an insect for the first time.
(these are the results of over 270 handheld shots most where worthless) k20d + kiron105mm

First one - landed and didn't stay long enough.
4 stacked images - 1/40sec - f4.5 - iso800



Second one
8 stacked images - 1/160sec - f4.5 - iso800



Third one,
14 stacked images - 1/160sec - f4 - iso800


almost not cropped , helicon focus for focus stacking the 6mp versions are available at my smugmug.

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I've uploaded 5 sourcepictures from the second picture at
http://rhermans.smugmug.com/gallery/...34910977_ZiUFS
When you move your mouse over the image you can download the original versions.
I've also added the result from combining the shots in Helicon Focus, and in Photoshop CS4.

The two results look almost the same, only helicon focus has a closer focussed background but that is imho no problem, and can be fixed.

Took me some time to find out how to blend in cs4
File=>Scripts=>Load images into stack. then choose "browse" and load the files you want to stack. Be sure to check the box for auto-align or you will have to do it later (Edit=>Auto-align images). This loads each image onto a separate layer, and aligns them all. Then it's simply Edit=>Auto-blend layers.

There is also a freeware program (combine)
http://www.hadleyweb.pwp.blueyonder....al/Install.htm
That gives marvelous results, but with a bit more work.
A tutorial can be found at http://www.digitalgrin.com/showthread.php?t=61316
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Old May 10, 2009, 4:54 PM   #2
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These are National Geographic material Ronny! Also, you shoudl submit these to the Pentax Photo Gallery! Very nice indeed.
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Ronny

Just totally awesome!!!!

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Extremely nice Ronny!
I'm impressed.
I can see its time for me to dig out my macro lens again. I haven't used it since last fall.

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Brilliant , amazing detail and the process.
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These are National Geographic material Ronny! Also, you shoudl submit these to the Pentax Photo Gallery! Very nice indeed.
Thanks Jelpee,

Pentax Photo Gallery doesn't accept focus stacked images (last time I looked)
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Extremely nice Ronny!
I'm impressed.
I can see its time for me to dig out my macro lens again. I haven't used it since last fall.

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Hmmm, last fall, then it's really time to dig it up again.

Thanks

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Brilliant , amazing detail and the process.
Thanks Rodney,

and I'm still not completely happy with them , what just means that I've seen better so ...
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Beautiful macros. Enough to give you nightmares.
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Magnificent!
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