This spring I'm having more success with my flower compositions. Perhaps it's because my AF isn't working on my D300 and I'm forced to take more time framing the shot. Bumped up the ISO because of the strong breeze.
Thu 09-May-13 01:21 AM | edited Fri 10-May-13 01:09 AM by Cavy2
I am humbled by your comments, thank you!
I set up the manual focus on the closest focus plane, then move the focus back in degrees overlapping the point of focus slightly till I feel I've cover the entire area in sharp focus. As you can see, I totally missed the branch on the far right in all the frames.
Thu 09-May-13 08:53 AM | edited Thu 09-May-13 08:57 AM by Izzie
Oooooooh Kathy -- what a wonderful shot! I have to ask one thing though -- since there seems to be some moisture drops near the tip of the flower, will it be a help if you spray the flower till you get a litter bigger one single nice drop of water at the very end tip? Just a suggestion...
Beautiful shot, Kathy. I have a question about the stacking. You say you bumped the ISO because of the strong breeze. Did you have any problems with alignment? Sure a faster shutter speed would freeze the movement, but I'm thinking it would be pretty difficult to freeze the flowers in the same position every time. I thought it was pretty much imposible to focus stack images that were taken during breezy conditions. Can you tell us a little more about the alignment process?
Hi Catalin, Thanks for your comment! If I had taken the shot even with F/22 I don't think I'd be able to get everything in sharp focus, also the background would be more focused and distracting. This way at F/4 the bokeh is nicely blurred.
Fri 10-May-13 10:43 AM | edited Fri 10-May-13 10:43 AM by Cavy2
Hi Scottie, I would wait for the flower to go back to the neutral position. It was off slightly, and you can see it after the stacking process is finished in the corners of the frames. Here's a sample of one I did yesterday where I wasn't as good about waiting to the breeze to stop.
As you can see the corners are off by quite a bit, yet the flower is aligned. This is an extreme case, the heart example would not have been as clear.
Hi Scottie, I did this in CS5. I did a free trial of Zerene Stacker and Helicon Focus. I am far from an expert on this, but I didn't like those programs as well. It could be I didn't take the time to fully learn the programs.