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Jun 23, 2010 08:34 |  #1

My first cantaloupe flower emerged this morning. I wanted to send it to my many thousands of Facebook followers who are waiting with bated breath for this very moment. This flower is perhaps 15mm in size. Shot with a Canon F/2.8 100mm macro at F/16. I wanted more depth of field, but this lens has its sweet spot at F/16. In one image, the petals were in focus, but the center not. In another image it was the opposite. So I selected the in-focus center, feathered it and adjusted the scale just a touch because I must have moved the tripod a little in the second shot. Then I layered it in on the other image. You might think that the fix is apparent. However, the center is in fact green. I selected around the boundary on purpose. How does it look?

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Jun 23, 2010 11:05 |  #2

Generally, this whole shot doesn't look all that sharp.

I selected around the boundary on purpose. How does it look?

Did you feather that selection? If you did, then it still looks a tiny bit too "cut out". Maybe use a mask on that top layer to fade the edges a bit.


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Jun 24, 2010 11:13 |  #3

joedlh wrote in post #10412195external link
I wanted more depth of field, but this lens has its sweet spot at F/16.

If you need more DoF, stop down further.
If you want maximum sharpness (in the plane of focus) f/16 is probably be too much already, depending on camera. (diffraction)
If that worries you, open up further and use focus stacking (there's specialised software, but PSCS4 also does a very reasonable job with Edit > Auto Blend Layers > Stack images.

joedlh wrote in post #10412195external link
adjusted the scale just a touch because I must have moved the tripod a little in the second shot

You probably didn't move the tripod, but the size difference is due to the different plane of focus.

joedlh wrote in post #10412195external link
How does it look?

Okay I think. Looks like a few 'lines' aren't matching in the lower right (about 4 'o clock position). Needs a bit of sharpening though.


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