I've got a lot of pictures of these European Skippers and this time of year I see dozens in this meadow. Another chilly morning with some dew and some nice early sun and this one was perched nicely on a yarrow blossom cluster. I couldn't pass it up.
I tried a stack but the little rascal moved its head up while I was shooting the frames for the stack so the blossoms came out OK but the Skipper was a mess. So I extracted the skipper from the best frame I had and perched him on the stack blossoms. I then tried a couple of different crops. The lighting on the stems is nice as is the bg so I think I like the crop that includes more of the plant. Which crop do you like better?
Camera mounted on a tripod. I generally use Live View so I can focus accurately and see when the motion stops. With LV you're also shooting MUP. I refocus rather than using a rail.
When I get back to the computer, I generally make some global adjustments in the first image, then batch those to the other images in the stack and convert them all to jpeg. I use CombineZP to do the stacking. First I run the Align Images step then Do Stack. If that's OK I stop there. If there are too many artifacts I might try a Pyramid Stack.
I then go back into Capture NX2 for some final editing and if there are any artifacts that need to be cloned I use PSE 11.
Thank you for the heads-up John Much appreciated I may have to just give it a go one day, Had to thought about using live view with MUP My live view on my D700 looks terrible, that's why I haven't used it since my first try
I think I also have a skipper but not sure, a grab shot with my AW100 Regards, Gary
I used to have a photographic memory but never got it developed
I never used a D700 but the D300 LV was also terrible, mainly because it was awkward to use and if I remember right, the mirror would drop down and go back up again which made no sense at all. I tried it once in the field and never used it again.
On the D800, LV is one touch activation and the mirror remains up until you click the shutter release, so you're basically shooting MUP when you shoot from LV. At the highest magnifications there is some noise in the display but I haven't found that to be a problem, though it could be better.