"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.
I look forward to seeing how you fulfill this challenge!
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 Nikonian Moderator Emeritus Vantage Point Images Mastery of Composition is the Key to Great Photography
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...").
Apalach Tallahassee, US Nikonian since 04th May 2009
Fri 27-Sep-13 04:55 AM
#21. "RE: Sept Contest: Stacking" In response to Reply # 0 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.
#23. "RE: Sept Contest: Stacking" In response to Reply # 0
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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