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Old Jun 12, 2010, 3:38 PM   #1
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Default A flower - and a bit closer - a lot closer - and a crop

The day started a bit gray so I thought to take a picture of a flower and take a closer look.

all with the k20d - kiron 105mm at 1/180sec and flash.


f11 - iso200

and closer

f11 - iso200

And a lot closer (lens at 1:1 + raynox dcr250 + raynox dcr150)
Now the dof was to narrow for the effect I wanted to get so I took 10pictures and focus merged them in helicon focus.

f9.5 - iso280
(larger version resized to 3000x2000 http://rhermans.smugmug.com/Flora/Fl...53_kmktv-O.jpg)

and a closer crop just for the fun.


I really enjoy those worlds we normally can't see.

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Old Jun 12, 2010, 4:21 PM   #2
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Nicely done Ronny ! When I saw the 1:1 AND the two Raynoxes I wondered where that DoF came from
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Awesome detail!

I take it you were using macro rails for this?
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Nicely done Ronny ! When I saw the 1:1 AND the two Raynoxes I wondered where that DoF came from
Thanks Frogfish.
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Awesome detail!

I take it you were using macro rails for this?
Thanks Tachikoma.

Didn't use them, there are 2 ways of getting a good stack, the first one is by moving the camera (macro rail) , the second one just by turning the focus ring of the lens.

Now the dof was so thin that those 10 shots where taken while turning the focus ring less than 15. My macro rails wouldn't even have been able to handle such a small movement.
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Crazy dude!

My eye's can't judge DoF that tiny enough to know when to take the shot, hence why my previous focus stacking attempts have not been that good.
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Tremendous macro work, Ronny. However, the first shot....before going in close...is stunning. Lighting is just perfect...colors are striking....and details are sharp.

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Crazy dude!

My eye's can't judge DoF that tiny enough to know when to take the shot, hence why my previous focus stacking attempts have not been that good.
My eye's cant either, but when you've got something that doesn't run away you can try again.
I normally try to focus as close as possible take a picture check the result, then defocus a bit (2 of the focus ring) take another and look at the preview to check my focus, and that in both directions until I know where the focus range is and I start shooting, ever so slightly turning the focus direction from above focus to below focus (or visa versa).

I end up with to many shots but thats better than not having the ones in focus that you want.

The complete range for this shot was 23pictures, 9 to see where the focus range was, a resulting stack of 14, with 4 to far away and 10 usefull shots.

Now those 10 could be turned to 4 without loosing any quality in the result, but that would mean more pixel peeping and just letting the software sort them out is easier.

For insects you can try the same method but they have to stay put.
Changing the focusring doesn't work here. (your hand going near the lens will scare a lot of insects). So I try to change the focus distance but most of the time I don't have a tripod with me so it's a lot of try and error.
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Really artistic work rherman ... Thanks for showing us the beauty of mother nature, right to the very smallest forms
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Tremendous macro work, Ronny. However, the first shot....before going in close...is stunning. Lighting is just perfect...colors are striking....and details are sharp.

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Thanks Paul
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