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Feb 24, 2011 02:05 |  #1

So I had a play doing some flower focus stack shots of a small cineraria and begonia flowers. All focus stacked using zerene stacker. Last 3 shots are cross-eye stereograms for those that can freeview them.

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Feb 24, 2011 03:02 |  #2

OMG!!!! great photos..love the first one!! :)




  
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Feb 24, 2011 03:11 |  #3

Hi Brian.
Great series. #2 would be my favourite, but I find the red object on the left a little distracting. All have excellent detail. Can I ask how many shots per stack?




  
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Feb 24, 2011 03:15 |  #4

Thanks for the comments :)

Miki - it varies with the shot - eg #2 was 22 shots because of the extreme angle but most are around 8 shots. I do these type of shots handholding the camera (although I'm resting the lens on a hard surface) so having done a crude zoom through the shot to make sure the framing is ok at the end, I just take a shot sequence until I have the required focus depth I want - I don't know how many shots it will take until I've taken them :)
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Feb 24, 2011 07:44 |  #5

Nice set Brian, i've been away from POTN for a week or so and i come back to find this. I think i'll get the mpe out today for a few experiments! I must add that the stereograms are great, i could look at them for hours.


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Feb 24, 2011 08:41 |  #6

Great work. I love the soft look of the petals. Almost looks like roses.


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Feb 24, 2011 10:58 |  #7

Beautiful soft light and lovely colors, esp love #3.


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Feb 25, 2011 00:43 |  #8

Thanks Cameron, Mitch and Kurt for looking and commenting :)
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Feb 25, 2011 11:26 |  #9

Great shots! I love the color, depth and sharpness, man where do you get all your flowers?? :)


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Feb 26, 2011 00:57 |  #10

bzollinger wrote in post #11912340 (external link)
Great shots! I love the color, depth and sharpness, man where do you get all your flowers?? :)

Thanks BZ :)
Normally have some indoor pot plants in flower - mainly orchids but a few others as well
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Feb 26, 2011 01:08 |  #11

Stunning again. Photographer and gardener extraordinaire.


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Feb 26, 2011 02:04 |  #12

Brian, I am always amazed at your work and would like to know how you do it. Do you use a special rig or do you just shoot on a tripod and take multiple shots at different focal points? Any help will be appreciated. Thank you.


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Feb 26, 2011 02:19 |  #13

Jeff Smith wrote in post #11916611 (external link)
Brian, I am always amazed at your work and would like to know how you do it. Do you use a special rig or do you just shoot on a tripod and take multiple shots at different focal points? Any help will be appreciated. Thank you.

Thanks jeff :)

No special rig apart from the use of frosted glass table mats or coasters.
I take shots like this on a table and normally have a glass table mat to rest the camera on and arrange the subject on a coaster so it is higher than the mat and also put another coaster behind the subject to act as a background. I hand hold the camera, set the magnification i want and then take the sequence by resting the camera and lens on the table mat and sliding it forward a bit to take the shot slices.
Might seem odd doing it like this but I found a while ago I do not enjoy taking photographs unless I have the camera in hand and viewfinder against my eye.
I sometimes use curved sheets of coloured paper behind the subject taped to a wine cooler :)

Shooting like this at high mag means the camera and subject are mechanically linked to each other so it's easy to keep the frame reasonably constant without problems of vibration.

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Feb 26, 2011 17:08 |  #14

LordV wrote in post #11916460 (external link)
Thanks BZ :)
Normally have some indoor pot plants in flower - mainly orchids but a few others as well
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Those are some great indoor flowers! Not much like that survives this far north outside of a nursery...

But AK is still great.

Nice shots!


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Feb 27, 2011 16:49 |  #15

Brian, thanks for the explanation of how you do this. Would it be possible to get a picture of the setup you described?


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