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Old Sep 19, 2011, 10:14 AM   #1
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Hi,

some shots of the last week, all taken with the k-5 and kiron 105mm, some with a ringflash for help.
I normally work always in manual mode for macro shots (flash included).
Automatic settings have never worked for me, even with p-ttl I always ruin the shot.

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#1 Combination of 7 pictures, autoaligned in photoshop and then masked, it had moved to much to get a descent automatic blend.

Exposure Time: 1/500 - F Number: 2.8 - ISO Speed Ratings: 140 - Focal Length: 105mm
link to 3000x2000 version


#2 A bit to much light but these are not the kind that stay put, and I had already taken a lot of shot to get the image above.

Exposure Time: 1/179 - F Number: 11 - ISO Speed Ratings: 280 - Focal Length: 105mm - sigma em 140 ringflash used
link to 2641x1761 version


#3 Combination of 2 pictures to get the focus on both heads. (again masked)

Exposure Time: 1/125 - F Number: 9.5 - ISO Speed Ratings: 280 - Focal Length: 105mm
link to 3000x2000 version


#4

Exposure Time: 1/179 - F Number: 11 - ISO Speed Ratings: 140 - Focal Length: 105 - sigma em 140 ringflash used
link to 2156x1428 version

#5

Exposure Time: 1/179 - F Number: 11 - ISO Speed Ratings: 140 - Focal Length: 105 - sigma em 140 ringflash used
link to 3000x2000 version
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Old Sep 19, 2011, 11:30 AM   #2
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Really nice work, Ronny! I like em.
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Old Sep 19, 2011, 9:12 PM   #3
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ok do tell how do you do it. I can't for the life of me get the whole image in as sharp as yu have it How do you handle the wind etc.
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Amazing shots Ronny. You must have spent a lot of time in post-processing combining all those exposures, but the final results are remarkable.
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Great macros - well done !
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Love those combined shots Ronny - there is no way to get that DoF without multiple shots and it really makes a difference. Great shot of the bee too !
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I still don't see how you can manage to get one shot that close to a dragonfly, much less multiple shots to extend the dof. And that bee - no way have I ever managed something that close with a 105 lens. Excellent shots!
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Really nice work, Ronny! I like em.
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ok do tell how do you do it. I can't for the life of me get the whole image in as sharp as yu have it How do you handle the wind etc.
I start of with putting the camera in continuous shooting mode (slow). I tried fast cont. mode but then I can't see enough to reposition.

Focus the lens on a part of the body, and back away to get the closest part of the insect in focus. Then push the trigger and slowly move closer in.

The insect (especially when there is wind) will move a tiny amount, but don't worry about that.

The rest is post production.
  • Open the images as layers in photoshop (cs3 or up) - and I order
  • them with the images with closest focus on top of the layer stack
  • "edit / autoalign layers" - check if all have aligned (drop those who didn't)
  • if you've got the "edit/ autoblend" in your version.
    Try it. Most of the time it doesn't give a good result when the insect has moved but thats a kind of mash up of all sharp pieces.
    If the result is good enough to keep combine it in a new layer (windows - shift-alt-ctrl-e), remove the mask of the other images.
  • Then I start masking manualy
    I fill the mask with black and only reveal only the parts that are sharp.
    The parts that move most are the wings so its trying to get as much of them in focus without breaking the picture.
    At the end I'll put the autoblend on top and mask small parts that I have forgotten.

The first image took me about 2 hours.

The 3rd what are only 2 pictures was a lot easier and a lot faster finished.

Hope this helps a bit

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Amazing shots Ronny. You must have spent a lot of time in post-processing combining all those exposures, but the final results are remarkable.
Thanks, the first one took a bit more than 2 hours,
(but that was at work so I guess time well spend)
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