Early morning in a summer garden to capture the last iris before it fades, plus a poppy and a Peony.
Up close and personal with one of my favorite blossoms in the garden. Detail achieved by focus stacking 40 images using a Canon 100mm 2.8 macro lens. ISO 50, 100mm, f/3.2
One of the joys of spring is what blooms in the garden…
As time permits, I am continuing to learn more about focus stacking. Since spring is doing it’s best to finally make an appearance in northern Minnesota, the garden is doing it’s best to respond. A few small flowers have sprung up and it seemed a good opportunity to try capturing two small clumps of blooms.
The first group is a stack of 22 images, the second was 19. If you look closely on the first, you will notice the tip of one leaf in the foreground where I missed focus. I missed several on the second. I’m excited by the possibilities of using focus stacking and look forward to applying it in other ways.
My set-up: Canon DSLR, Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro, ASUS Android tablet running DSLR Controller (works with most Canon DSLRs). I export images from Lightroom as Photoshop layers, then use the Auto-Align if needed and Auto-Blend for combining the stack. There are many videos on You-Tube that describe the technique.
Due to other work and a rebuilding project at home, I haven’t been able to get to far from home lately. But I was able to spend a few minutes enjoying the flowers in the garden.
A lucky shot, didn’t see the bee flying into the frame.
The early bloomers of spring always serve as a reminder that winter is fading away, more is yet to come and soon the garden will be filled with a riot of color.
…before they fade away.
Canon EOS 5D Mark ll, ISO 50, 45mm, f/2.8, 1/320 sec.
The results of an experimental nine shot photo merge.