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Old Sep 17, 2009, 4:22 PM   #1
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Default Some macros, butterfly and dragonfly

This afternoon I had enough of working (again) so I took a bit longer dinner break.


Pretty soon I found a dragonfly resting.


Because I had to go down on my knees to get this shot I decided to try to get as close as possible.


This is a combination of 9 pictures, also tried to get the head sharp enough without having the wing over it.
A 3000px wide version is here: http://rhermans.smugmug.com/photos/6...86_cAQob-O.jpg

There where also some small butterflies. So after what crawling around.




On the way back I noticed that someone was looking at me



Thanks for watching

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Old Sep 17, 2009, 4:27 PM   #2
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These dragonfly pictures are simply amazing!!
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Wow! What a fantastic shot of that Meadowhawk. The eye detail is amazing.

How close were you? Did you use a Raynox on top of your macro lens? In order to take 9 shots with slightly different focal lengths what was supporting the camera? Did you hypnotize the dragonfly?

I don't want to demeanor the other two shots as they were marvelous as well.

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Old Sep 17, 2009, 5:30 PM   #5
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Wow! What a fantastic shot of that Meadowhawk. The eye detail is amazing.

How close were you? Did you use a Raynox on top of your macro lens? In order to take 9 shots with slightly different focal lengths what was supporting the camera? Did you hypnotize the dragonfly?

I don't want to demeanor the other two shots as they were marvelous as well.

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I had the kiron105 at 1:1 so that is around 40cm, 1.45ft, and I hadn't expected the dragonfly to give me the chance to take 15 shots of it (only 9 of them had its head in the same position).

Because I was lying on the ground it had enough support to keep the camera steady.

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Great closeup on that dragonfly Ronny. Are you using CS4 to merge the images, photomatix, or something else altogether?

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Incredible detail in such a amazing close up, well done.
Well worth getting down on your knees for.

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Great closeup on that dragonfly Ronny. Are you using CS4 to merge the images, photomatix, or something else altogether?

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Thanks Tim,

I'm using Photoshop cs4 to align the images, then save each layer as a jpg, and combine them using Helicon Focus. Then with that back to photoshop where I manualy combine it with another shot to remove as much of artifacts as possible.

Photoshop cs4 is as good as helicon focus for stacking only it works not as close around the edges of focussed areas as HF. On the other hand HF needs to have aligned images to work.

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Well worth getting down on your knees for.

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This was more crawling up to it. But if you are already on your knees...

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Nice pictures! I've noticed that CS4 sometimes (but not always) does leave off detail at edges, then trying to find the appropriate layer and change the masking is at best frustrating if you have lots of layers. I wondered if it was just me that had occasional problems with that. Since it doesn't always happened, I thought that some sets are better than others for avoiding it, just haven't figured out what it is that causes this to happen. I might have to check out helicon focus as an alternative, since these really are awesome.
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