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Valentino Gold Member Awarded for high level skills in landscape and wildlife photography   US  Nikonian since 04th Dec 2004 Sat 31-Aug-13 02:48 PM
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"Sept Contest: Stacking"
Thu 26-Sep-13 11:26 PM by dm1dave


This months theme is Stacking. As most of you know, the closer you get to the subject the smaller the DOF making macro/closeup work not only challenging but sometimes impossible to get a desired area sharp in a single image. Stacking, shooting multiple images focused at different points and combining, is a way to get around this limitation. Software like Heliconsoft.com. CombineZP or Photoshop can be used to create a stack.

Please include information regarding your technique and the software you used with your posts. I know some Nikonians do this very well and others have not yet tried it so this contest will be somewhat educational for many of us.

Participating in our monthly contests is a fun way help us become better photographers. We can see and learn from all of the entries as our members showcase their best work each month.

These monthly contests are the preliminary rounds for the Annual Nikonians Photo Contest where you have the opportunity to win attractive prizes and have your images highlighted in the Winners Galleries and published in the eZine.

The top images will be selected by the winner of the previous months challenge and will be included in a poll for members to vote for the winning photo. Please keep in mind that images will be selected based on image quality, subject matter, relevance to the theme, and creativity just to name a few.

The winning image will be added to the Macro Forum Winner’s Gallery. The winner will be recognized in our weekly newsletter and will receive a printable Certificate of Photographic Achievement.

I look forward to seeing how you fulfill this challenge!

Good luck!!!

RULES:
-- Post up to 5 images but only one image per post
-- This is a contest – Please present your best, portfolio quality, work
-- Include shooting info so we can learn from each other
-- Previously posted images are welcome but not previous contest winners.
-- When posting please do so by hitting the ‘reply’ link below this top post, not the reply link to another post.
-- Include a title in the subject line
-- Capture must be shot with a Nikon camera and any lens
-- Comments are welcome but NO public critiquing, i.e., how to make it better. This is a contest so PM's are a better way to offer feedback
-- WARNING Posts that do not meet the spirit of the challenge will not be selected as finalists and may be periodically removed by the moderators without notice.

Albert J Valentino
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jtmcg Gold Member  Simsbury, US  Nikonian since 22nd Mar 2007 Wed 04-Sep-13 02:32 PM
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#1. "Skipper on Yarrow"
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D800,105 f/2.8, 1/10s, f/8, ISO 100, tripod 5 frame stack

John


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jtmcg Gold Member  Simsbury, US  Nikonian since 22nd Mar 2007 Wed 04-Sep-13 02:40 PM
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#2. "Skipper on Vetch #2"
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D800, 105 f/2.8, 1/20s, f/8, ISO 100, tripod, 5 frame stack

John




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BSchirm Gold Member Laureate Ribbon awarded for winning in the Best of Nikonians 2013 images Photo Contest   Rolling Hills, US  Nikonian since 07th Dec 2005 Fri 06-Sep-13 01:48 AM
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#3. "RE: Skipper on Vetch #2"
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Beautiful, John!

Barry

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victoria_photoguy Gold Member  Victoria, CA  Nikonian since 03rd May 2010 Fri 06-Sep-13 03:52 PM
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#4. "skipper"
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Impressive texture and detail Beautiful.

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jtmcg Gold Member  Simsbury, US  Nikonian since 22nd Mar 2007 Fri 06-Sep-13 07:17 PM
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#5. "RE: Skipper on Vetch #2"
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Thanks Barry.

John

  

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jtmcg Gold Member  Simsbury, US  Nikonian since 22nd Mar 2007 Fri 06-Sep-13 07:18 PM
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#6. "RE: skipper"
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Thanks Monty.

John

  

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snaefell   Berlin, DE  Registered since 01st Jun 2009 Sat 07-Sep-13 07:33 PM
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#7. "RE: Sept Contest: Stacking"
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Hi,
this view into the tulip is composed of 25 single shots with my D3, a 2,8/105 Micro Nikkor and a macro slider. Processing of the images was done with Helicon Focus.

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best

Christian

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snaefell   Berlin, DE  Registered since 01st Jun 2009 Sat 07-Sep-13 07:36 PM
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Hi,
another stacked shot is this inside of a Lily. Taken with a D3, a 105 Micro Nikkor and a slider, the processing was done with Helicon Focus. Composed from 11 single images.

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Christian

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mfphoto1   Cincinnati, US  Registered since 29th Oct 2005 Sun 08-Sep-13 11:04 PM
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#9. "RE: Sept Contest: Stacking"
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This is my second try at stacking. First try doing it handheld.

D800, sigma 150 macro, ISO 100, F5.0, 1/200

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philipl Gold Member  Oxford, US  Nikonian since 31st May 2007 Tue 10-Sep-13 01:12 PM
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#10. ".500 Mag"
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D300, 105 macro, SB800, F14, 1/125 sec, Benro tripod, Markins head 5 stack (combine ZP). Barrel is 8 3/4" long


Philip

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lukaswerth   Lahore, PK  Registered since 24th May 2012 Sun 15-Sep-13 07:23 AM
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#11. "RE: Skipper on Vetch #2"
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I am not normally much into macro fotography, but passing by I saw this picture:

The notion of morning coolness! really amazing!

Lukas

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natashadak Silver Member  San Francisco, US  Nikonian since 08th May 2004 Sun 15-Sep-13 08:14 AM
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#12. "bay berry"
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D7000 105 f2.8 VR
f6.3 .2 sec
six files from a RRS rail
stacked w/helicon focus

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lukaswerth   Lahore, PK  Registered since 24th May 2012 Sun 15-Sep-13 08:36 AM
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#13. "RE: .500 Mag"
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No comment about technical quality, but...

I am perfectly aware of the connection many people in the USA draw between freedom and the right to wear guns, and I live in a country (Pakistan) where guns are equally cherished and even more abundant, with a mortality- and crime rate to match. However, I think the above mentioned connection depends on a basic flaw and is very detrimental. I therefore personally strongly dislike pictures which apparently celebrate guns and gun culture, just as i don't like comparisons drawn between guns and photography ("shooting", "when aiming you do the same as holding a rifle...").

Just adding my two pennies,

Lukas

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jtmcg Gold Member  Simsbury, US  Nikonian since 22nd Mar 2007 Sun 15-Sep-13 09:26 AM
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#14. "RE: Skipper on Vetch #2"
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Thanks Lukas.

John

  

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Matthew Gregory Silver Member  Glenwood, US  Nikonian since 18th Oct 2011 Sun 15-Sep-13 10:18 PM
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#15. "RE: .500 Mag"
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Excellent image - impressive, too, considering the depth!!!


Nice pistol, too. ; )

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Matthew Gregory Silver Member  Glenwood, US  Nikonian since 18th Oct 2011 Sun 15-Sep-13 10:19 PM
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#16. "RE: Sept Contest: Stacking"
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Excellent - this one really grabbed me!

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hnease Silver Member  Germantown, US  Nikonian since 30th Aug 2012 Mon 16-Sep-13 12:45 AM
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#17. "geranium buds"
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Shot with d7000, nikkor 105 micro, gitzo tripod, manual focus adjustment, stack of 15 images using Helicon focus.



howard

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hnease Silver Member  Germantown, US  Nikonian since 30th Aug 2012 Mon 16-Sep-13 12:52 AM
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#18. "clover"
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Shot with d7000, nikkor 105 micro, gitzo tripod, manual focus adjustment, stack of 9 images using Helicon focus.



howard

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snaefell   Berlin, DE  Registered since 01st Jun 2009 Tue 17-Sep-13 11:10 AM
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#19. "RE: Sept Contest: Stacking"
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>Excellent - this one really grabbed me!

thanks for your comment.

best

Christian

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Dgastrong Gold Member  Sonoita, US  Nikonian since 09th Oct 2012 Thu 26-Sep-13 11:57 PM
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Galena Crystals from Peru, skeletal growth, light coating of golden pyrite.
11 images
D7000, 105mm f/2.8G, ISO 320, f/3.5, 1/13sec

Enjoy,
Dale




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Apalach Silver Member  Tallahassee, US  Nikonian since 04th May 2009 Fri 27-Sep-13 04:55 AM
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#21. "RE: Sept Contest: Stacking"
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Fri 27-Sep-13 05:06 AM by Apalach


Here is a image stack of a Giant Leopard Moth (Hypercompe or Ecpantheria scribonia) from North Florida. It was exactly 1.5 inches long. I wanted to capture it in a single, in-focus, head-first, stacked image using the Helicon Focus software. The result is this 11-stack image at 1/60 sec., f/22, ISO 640, with the Nikon D90, Nikon SB-400 Speedlight, and Tokina AT-X Pro D 100 mm f/2.8 macro lens, aperture priority, on a Spiratone Versatile tripod with the Adorama large focus rail. I purposely chose the most difficult type of macro shot involving a head-first image of an 1.5 inch long moth to demonstrate the power of focus-stacking of a large macro subject with a relatively huge depth of field.

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natashadak Silver Member  San Francisco, US  Nikonian since 08th May 2004 Sun 29-Sep-13 07:39 AM
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#22. "yellow, brown, green and white"
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D7000 105 f2.8 VR
f11 .6 sec
five files from a RRS rail
stacked w/helicon focus



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MongoG Gold Member  Waunakee, US  Nikonian since 02nd Jan 2009 Sun 29-Sep-13 05:04 PM
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#23. "RE: Sept Contest: Stacking"
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Red Anthurium Flower
Nikon D800, Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 micro lens, ISO 400, f/6.3, 1/60, Tripod, Really Right Stuff dual rails, Fluorescent lighting through a diffuser, 6 shot manual focus stack of photos. Used photoshop to stack photos, align, and blend.
First attempt at a stacked photo composite. The monthly assignments always push you to learn and experiment - thanks! Even though from front to back was only about an inch, getting everything in focus in the composite was a bit of a challenge.
Thanks again for looking.
Gary


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lukaswerth   Lahore, PK  Registered since 24th May 2012 Sun 29-Sep-13 06:02 PM
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Some cave-like landscape of dead leaves. Marvelous!

Lukas

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