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    Cool... thanks for the info, guys!
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    What software are you using? The cephalotus and sarracenia look fantastic.

    This is from a 2 or 3 image stack, done manually in photoshop
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    Nice detail on the Ceh and purp! I just stop down the aperture to get more in focus, but I can tell that this is very different.

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    Wow, those are pretty epic, Reap. I definitely need to try this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by larry View Post
    What software are you using? The cephalotus and sarracenia look fantastic.

    This is from a 2 or 3 image stack, done manually in photoshop
    Spectacular shot! How'd you manage to fool the fly into sitting still long enough to get multiple exposures? I have a hard enough time trying to get a single shot of flies on my sarrs!

    I've never tried stacking, but this thread made me want to give it a try. Here's what I ended up with:


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    Thanks, y'all.

    @Butch: that's actually the picture that convinced me to try it out. ;p

    @NaN: I might grab a focus rail when I get some tubes and start attempting some extreme macro photography, but until then I don't think it's necessary. It's fairly easy to get acceptable increments with just the focus ring, by hand.

    @larry: That fly shot is really cool. Done manually? Ugh, no thanks, lol.

    @Natalie: That's a cool picture, stacked or not. Haha. The "grain" on it looks really nice, in comparison to the grain of the table.

    @butch & larry (and anyone else that asked and I missed it...):

    I used Photoshop CS5.
    Aperture was f/13, if I remember correctly.
    If by stacking protocol, you mean what setting I used for the merging process, it was "collage." Lol, hope that answer your question...
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    this is awesome. thanks for sharing all this info. will definitely have to give this one a try...
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    Today's attempts:
    Cross-posted from my main thread

    Some attempts at focus stacking. They aren't perfect, some of them are relatively bad, but I'm learning. For example, I've learned that Photoshop does NOT get along with high contrast shots, such as a picture of a Utricularia flower against a pure black background. I don't know why it confuses Photoshop so, but it does. It can't figure out how to align the slices, so it ends up looking awful. I'unno. I should try and get ahold of Helicon Focus and see if it does any better. If not, hopefully CS6 does a better job.

    Anywho, here they are. Click for full-size.










    I love this picture, but unfortunately I didn't get enough slices. If you look REALLY close (it helps to full-size it), you can find some banding. Whoops.


    And this one simply turned out all-together not-so-hot. LOL. Who knows why? I sure don't.

    ---------- Post added at 03:22 AM ---------- Previous post was at 03:14 AM ----------

    Here's what I mean by Photoshop's anti-high-contrast-ness:

    A series of photos like this:



    Turns into this:



    Really, Photoshop, really? What the eff? *facepalm*

    I had numerous series of photos that exhibited similar contrast, and resulted in similar composites. o.O

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