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    A peony

    I haven't posted photos for a while--too busy to do much--but I had to take this new peony when it opened up in our garden yesterday. Late afternoon light. 50D, EF 100mm macro, 10 images focus-stacked with Zerene, DMap algorithm. C&C welcome, as always.

    A peony

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    Re: A peony

    I like it a lot Dan, looks like little baby birds in a nest waiting to be fed.

    I know from recent experience how difficult Peonies are to work with so....respect!

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    Re: A peony

    Very well done Dan.

    The DOF at these close distances is so thin I just cannot manage to get any stack to work. What is your secret?

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    Re: A peony

    Bobo,

    Thanks. I don't use a rail. I usually use live view, magnified, to focus on the closest thing I want in focus, sometimes then focusing a bit closer just to play it safe. Then I make very small changes in focus until I am past the farthest point I want. No real secret, but you have to make the changes in focus very small, particularly if you are shooting at f/8. I sometimes shoot at f/13 to get a little more margin for error. Also, I use a remote release to lessen the chance of moving the camera out of alignment. I always use either manual or aperture priority, usually manual.

    For flowers, I use the DMap stacking algorithm in Zerene. It seems to do better at preserving colors and textures than the faster PMx algorithm.

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    Re: A peony

    Bobo,

    Thanks. I don't use a rail. I usually use live view, magnified, to focus on the closest thing I want in focus, sometimes then focusing a bit closer just to play it safe. Then I make very small changes in focus until I am past the farthest point I want. No real secret, but you have to make the changes in focus very small, particularly if you are shooting at f/8. I sometimes shoot at f/13 to get a little more margin for error. Also, I use a remote release to lessen the chance of moving the camera out of alignment. I always use either manual or aperture priority, usually manual.

    For flowers, I use the DMap stacking algorithm in Zerene. It seems to do better at preserving colors and textures than the faster PMax algorithm.

    Dan

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