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Old Jun 25, 2010, 11:21 PM   #1
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Well, I managed to pull a rather large moth off the grill of my car today but the poor thing was dead and in pretty bad shape too.
I was fascinated with his antenna. I took these with the SP 28-80mm with the Raynox attached. I took these two specifically for trying out the stacking program in CS4. I was amazed at how well it worked and how easy it was to do.
Shot 1. focus was mostly on the front antena



Shot 2. was mostly on the rear antenna.



Stack 1 I let CS-4 do the work, very simple to do,


Stack 2 I thought I'd change the background, which one do you prefer?

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Old Jun 26, 2010, 1:21 AM   #2
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Very nicely done! While I normally like a darker background, I think you have more detail in the one with the lighter background. So I prefer the first stacked one, I'm sure others will prefer the second one.
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Old Jun 26, 2010, 3:09 AM   #3
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Exactly what Harriet said. You have definitely lost detail in the 2nd stack and I noticed it immediately. Really nice job GW - great antennae !

Stacking is a Godsend for macro shooters - having finished the trial period for Zerene Stacker (Mac only) I went ahead and bought the licence, it is a fantastic program and can handle huge stacks (ca. 200+) as well as offering two different methods of stacking (Pmax & Dmap) plus aligning of course. I especially like the brushes for touching up afterwards.

Well worth the US$80 / 90 or whatever it was I paid.
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Great work! I agree that the 1st shows more detail, but both are amazing!
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Old Jun 26, 2010, 3:49 PM   #5
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Great job, like the first one best, same reason as all above already have said.

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I prefer the one with the original background as well, but stunning work mate!

Great pose (kind of easier when they aren't moving!) and detail, just superb!
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Thanks guys,
Its hard sometimes for me to have an unbiased opinion of my own work so, I really appreciate the comments.
I have a couple more shots I'll post in another thread.


Ronny; you're right, better to keep the easy part a secret.

Ash; yeah, amazing what you can do when the subject isn't moving!
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