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Old Jan 7, 2019, 2:55 PM   #1
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Just some rope hanging on the side of the shed


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Old Jan 7, 2019, 10:17 PM   #2
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Superb! You have captured very brightly. I loved it.
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Nice idea, but Id like to see all the rope in the foreground in sharp focus. The depth of field is too narrow so perhaps closing the lens down an fstop or 2 and longer exposure time. When I see the main subject as a blur I lose interest in looking real fast.
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Old Jan 8, 2019, 3:23 PM   #4
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G'day Paul

I've taken your suggestion and had a 2nd go at these ropes
I've tried 2 changes ... a) experimenting with in-camera focus stacking [a new camera + new features], and b) PP in PSE with Levels lowering mid-tones & desaturating the image rather than just switching to mono

original image ... @ F5,6, 2nd image @ F11 + stacking > each image shot at 20x zoom [500mm]
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Old Jan 9, 2019, 7:51 AM   #5
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Well after trying a suggestion, what are YOUR thoughts? Like it better, not so much? Your depth of field has increased so much so that your background is in focus. Didnt have to go that far. The subject is just the rope texture. Personally, I like this one a lot better than the one out of focus.
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G'day Paul


Okay here too ... With the 1st one I was happy enough to go with the flow - knowing that DoF at that lens setting was minimal along with the fact that sharpness was altering between the strands of rope as it hung from the hook above. The 'simple' mono conversion within PSE + a touch of contrast was all that I did re: PP


The second image was quite different - tripod used rather than hand-held, I thought I would experiment with this in-camera focus stacking business [which seems to work] and tried desaturation rather than mono conversion for the tonal change



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Ive done focus stacking for macro shooting bugs. But I have never done it with something like this. Looks like it would be an interesting challenge and makes the final photo one that you made rather than a shot you just took. Always like that way better.

You didnt say which photo you preferred.
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G'day Paul

Not sure which I prefer ... I am used to seeing DoF falloff where expected, and to see almost no falloff is 'different'. Also there is a different sort-of-look to the second [stacked] image - and I'm not sure whether I'm excited by it

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Phil, my eyes are constantly making focus stacking so there is no 'normal' DOF falloff. I prefer to see the main subject all in focus. The background can fall off and probably the more the merrier, making the subject stand out more. I cant think off hand, why I would ever want any part of my main subject to be out of focus.
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