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Old Jul 21, 2011, 3:57 PM   #1
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Default macro almost micro photography, or a lot of pollen

I know I'm just fooling myself. Micro photography is even closer but ...
this is as close as I get.

K5 + kiron 105mm + 65mm extention tubes + raynox 250 dcr + raynox 150dcr + sigma EM 140 DG ring flash, (a bit better than a 6:1 macro)
1 hibiscus flower,
take 7 shots, with different focus of the stigma,
dump them into photoshop,
align the layers and spend some time manually masking the layers.
then open the result into nik hdr and get more details out it.

or a close look (100% crop)

There are two ways to get the base images, one is by changing the focus ring a bit, but I always end up moving the camera while doing this.
The other way is moving the camera. I just put the subject and the camera on the table and push the camera a very small bit forward with any shot.
I've got a cheap macro sled but that doesn't work because it's not moving smoothly enough.
Any and all ideas and suggestions are welcome.



[edit: forgot the link to the full image : http://rhermans.smugmug.com/Flora/Fl...O/Hybiscus.jpg]
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Old Jul 21, 2011, 4:03 PM   #2
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Holy crap Ronny that's insane, awesome work!
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Old Jul 21, 2011, 7:55 PM   #3
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Wow, that's amazing! The detail you pulled out is stunning.
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Old Jul 21, 2011, 10:51 PM   #4
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Nothing like throwing everything you have at it - awesome shot. My set-up is far more limited and it's been ages since I tried to extend the dof with multiple shots - your shots are always so inspiring.
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Old Jul 22, 2011, 4:17 AM   #5
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Brilliant Ronny !, you must have extreme patience. ... Jack.
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Old Jul 22, 2011, 8:00 AM   #6
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Incredible shots!
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Old Jul 22, 2011, 12:28 PM   #7
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WOW Great shots, I'am retired and you seem to have more time to play than I do.


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Excellent picture and a nice work with PS.
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Old Jul 23, 2011, 3:49 AM   #9
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Fantastic work Ronny - great shots !!

I use a Velbon (Super Mag Slider) which may be perfect for your use :


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Wow! You did an amazing job there.

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