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TEITZY Silver Member Awarded for the continuous and generous sharing of his high level expertise and his always encouraging comments, most notably in the macro and sports forums. Nikonian since 14th Mar 2007Mon 19-Nov-12 04:53 AM
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"A few flies"


WUNGHNU, AU
          

Some recent fly shots. All focus stacked.

Cheers
Leigh


1. Doli (long legged fly)


2. Cranefly


3. Hoverfly


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VR8 Silver Member Nikonian since 04th May 2008Thu 22-Nov-12 10:21 AM
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#1. "RE: A few flies"
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Thu 22-Nov-12 10:22 AM by VR8

Ottawa, CA
          

Incredible, I will have to explore focus stacking, although I imagine its a challenge in the field.

Victor

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EnEs63 Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Nov 2012Thu 22-Nov-12 04:38 PM
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#2. "RE: A few flies"
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Udon Thani, TH
          

Awesome images Leigh, I must try harder!

May I ask; one assumes that in order to stack your shots the fly was dead or stunned?
If so, do you find your subjects laying around or buy them from specialists online?

The reason I ask is that one of my main problems is finding subjects that are good enough, (I.E. clean enough), to use...

R's
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TEITZY Silver Member Awarded for the continuous and generous sharing of his high level expertise and his always encouraging comments, most notably in the macro and sports forums. Nikonian since 14th Mar 2007Thu 22-Nov-12 09:09 PM
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#3. "RE: A few flies"
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WUNGHNU, AU
          

No all my subjects are alive and kicking, no killing or stunning necessary. Often I only get 2-3 frames in a sequence that I can stack but that pretty well doubles my DoF which is only about 0.5mm at f16 & 2.3x lifesize. I also shoot in bursts so I can get 3-4 frames per second which minimises subject movement between frames.

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EnEs63 Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Nov 2012Thu 22-Nov-12 09:56 PM
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#4. "RE: A few flies"
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Udon Thani, TH
          

So let me get this right...

These shots are in the 'field' so to speak... and you are capturing the images by manually changing the focus within a burst of a few frames...?

... and there's me trying to get a good image using rails indoors!

Oh boy! lol...

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TEITZY Silver Member Awarded for the continuous and generous sharing of his high level expertise and his always encouraging comments, most notably in the macro and sports forums. Nikonian since 14th Mar 2007Thu 22-Nov-12 11:51 PM
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#5. "RE: A few flies"
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WUNGHNU, AU
          

Yes I shoot handheld and just move the camera back & forth while firing away

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Leigh

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VR8 Silver Member Nikonian since 04th May 2008Sat 24-Nov-12 12:26 PM
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#6. "RE: A few flies"
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Sat 24-Nov-12 08:20 PM by VR8

Ottawa, CA
          

Are there any lighting considerations with stacking?

I am using an SD-9 for higher recycling time, but only on single shot so far - I will need to try out the fast frame rate modes.


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TEITZY Silver Member Awarded for the continuous and generous sharing of his high level expertise and his always encouraging comments, most notably in the macro and sports forums. Nikonian since 14th Mar 2007Sat 24-Nov-12 09:18 PM
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#8. "RE: A few flies"
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WUNGHNU, AU
          

I use the SB800 (with the extra battery) in manual mode and typically shoot at 1/32-1/16 power. I know once I get near 1/4 power recycle times start to slow significantly and shooting even 2 fps is practical at this power setting. Obviously with live subjects you want to try and capture images as quickly as you can to minimise subject movement so that's when recycle times become critical.

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VR8 Silver Member Nikonian since 04th May 2008Sat 24-Nov-12 09:27 PM
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#9. "RE: A few flies"
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Ottawa, CA
          

Amazing! Handheld! Its below zero no so no bugs for a few months, but I can practice on other things. Your stuff is just amazing! Thanks.

Victor

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EnEs63 Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Nov 2012Sat 24-Nov-12 08:10 PM
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#7. "RE: A few flies"
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Udon Thani, TH
          

Fantastic....

Ok, I am off for a try!

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AartPapaya Silver Member Nikonian since 21st Oct 2011Sun 25-Nov-12 08:34 AM
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#10. "RE: A few flies"
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Sun 25-Nov-12 08:36 AM by AartPapaya

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And I thought I was the only one that is not stacking. It must take a lot of practicing to hand-hold the camera, shoot, refocus and make sure that you did not change the focus too much or too little. Finally, what is a good stack-program?
If I can take shots like this I will be over the moon.

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EnEs63 Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Nov 2012Sun 25-Nov-12 11:46 AM
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#11. "RE: A few flies"
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Udon Thani, TH
          

Hi AartPapaya,

Leigh's work is truly superb.
I guess this hand-held approach is practice practice and more practice until it becomes a natural process so that he can respond and succeed with every opportunity?
He does mention he justs moves back and forth to effectively 'stack' his shots rather than change the focus via the lens...

As for a good stacking program I have just started using Photoshop CS6. I believe it can be done with previous versions?
It was a simple'ish process and I had success first time... It was easy to learn.

Quote; "If I can take shots like this I will be over the moon"...
Yes, same here. It is that level of achievement that inspires me to take it on as a challenge...

BTW, your username - AartPapaya... Has it got anything to do with Papaya from Thailand?

R's EnEs63

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AartPapaya Silver Member Nikonian since 21st Oct 2011Tue 27-Nov-12 03:39 PM
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#17. "RE: A few flies"
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Hectorspruit, ZA
          

Hi R'sEn Es63,
The answer is a very simple, yes. I am a geneticist, breeding papaya in South Africa. I think however your name would be a much more interesting story.

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EnEs63 Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Nov 2012Tue 27-Nov-12 04:56 PM
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#18. "RE: A few flies"
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Udon Thani, TH
          

AartPapaya...

Fascinating.... Papaya is my wife's favourite food ! A little too spicy for me though, when she prepares it Thai style...

You think my name is interesting... My username or my real name?

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TEITZY Silver Member Awarded for the continuous and generous sharing of his high level expertise and his always encouraging comments, most notably in the macro and sports forums. Nikonian since 14th Mar 2007Sun 25-Nov-12 09:28 PM
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#12. "RE: A few flies"
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WUNGHNU, AU
          

Hi Aart,
Plenty of macro shooters never use stacking and in fact some think it is cheating and refuse to use it because it violates the 'spirit' of photography (a bit like the attitude of many landscape shooters to the use of HDR). Most of my macros are just single frames and I only use stacking when I have opportunity (I don't purposely look to stack every subject I shoot). If I was just shooting at 1:1 I would not use stacking very often at all, however because I shoot above 2:1 most of the time, the extra depth of field afforded by stacking can be helpful, especially with large subjects.

When I shoot a stack handheld it is pretty well all done on muscle memory and for some of my refraction shoots I can shoot up to 50 frames in sequence without any gaps in the focus between frames. For live subjects I usually only use 2-3 frames and sometimes up to 6 if I can get that many without the subject moving too much.

There are a few stacking programs available. I use a free one called CombineZP which works quite well for me. Zerene seems to be the preferred program used by most 'stackers', however it does cost $100+ from memory. Helicon focus is another popular one but also costs around the $100 mark. I am pretty sure you can try these programs before you buy to see which one suits you best.

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Leigh

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VR8 Silver Member Nikonian since 04th May 2008Sun 25-Nov-12 09:42 PM
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#13. "RE: A few flies"
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Ottawa, CA
          

Thanks for all this helpful information. One more question. In the message above you refer to "refraction shots" - not sure what that means.

Thanks.

Victor

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TEITZY Silver Member Awarded for the continuous and generous sharing of his high level expertise and his always encouraging comments, most notably in the macro and sports forums. Nikonian since 14th Mar 2007Mon 26-Nov-12 07:54 AM
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#14. "RE: A few flies"
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WUNGHNU, AU
          

>Thanks for all this helpful information. One more question.
>In the message above you refer to "refraction shots"
>- not sure what that means.
>
>Thanks.
>
>Victor
>
>My website: www.rakmilphotography.com















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VR8 Silver Member Nikonian since 04th May 2008Mon 26-Nov-12 09:11 AM
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#15. "RE: A few flies"
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Ottawa, CA
          

Thanks those are spectacular.

Victor

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AartPapaya Silver Member Nikonian since 21st Oct 2011Tue 27-Nov-12 03:34 PM
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#16. "RE: A few flies"
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Tue 27-Nov-12 03:41 PM by AartPapaya

Hectorspruit, ZA
          

Thank you for the information but even more for the inspiration. I will not even ask you about the reflection shot. I want to figure this out for myself.
The lighting in your controlled shots are also very special.

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Reilly M Registered since 26th Jul 2008Fri 30-Nov-12 08:58 PM
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#19. "RE: A few flies"
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Monrovia, US
          

His hiatus is over, HE'S BACK!

Man, are you able to stop your heart when you shoot these handheld?

SWEETNESS!

yours,
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TEITZY Silver Member Awarded for the continuous and generous sharing of his high level expertise and his always encouraging comments, most notably in the macro and sports forums. Nikonian since 14th Mar 2007Sat 01-Dec-12 08:59 PM
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#20. "RE: A few flies"
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WUNGHNU, AU
          

Thanks Reilly

Was a bit slack this year with the refractions and never got round to doing any unfortunately.

Cheers
Leigh

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af4nc Gold Member Nikonian since 07th Jul 2007Mon 03-Dec-12 11:18 PM
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#21. "RE: A few flies"
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Yardley, US
          

Nice job, well done

Tom MILLS
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phoridae Silver Member Nikonian since 27th Feb 2003Sun 23-Dec-12 02:53 AM
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#22. "RE: A few flies"
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Monrovia, US
          

Leigh,

Beautiful. Number 2 is a chironomid midge, not a crane fly, though.

Brian

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TEITZY Silver Member Awarded for the continuous and generous sharing of his high level expertise and his always encouraging comments, most notably in the macro and sports forums. Nikonian since 14th Mar 2007Wed 26-Dec-12 07:37 AM
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#23. "RE: A few flies"
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WUNGHNU, AU
          

Thanks Brian for the clarification on #2

Cheers
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