22 Image Damselfly Focus Stack

Another Focus-Stacked Damselfly Image. This time I tried shooting stopped down to f/22. I usually do not stop down that far for stacked images, but I thought I would give it a try just to see what happens. For this image the out of focus background was further away from the subject damselfly which helped because of the f/22 f/stop giving a larger depth of field for that focal length. At f/22 with 22 images, it was probably overkill for this image, but if I needed them, I would have them. Better than needing them and not having them. Again I used a Sigma 150mm macro lens with a Canon 1.4X Teleconverter giving me a focal length of 210mm. This Damselfly and Water Drops did not have as much depth to the leaves & water drops so I did not need as many as my previous post especially with the f/22 f/stop.


11 Comments on “22 Image Damselfly Focus Stack

    • Hi Steve. It depends on how close the background is to your main subject. Here the background bushes were far enough away to still be a smooth looking background. Also using a 150mm macro with a 1.4x teleconverter brought the focal length to 210mm which also helped keep the background smooth looking. I probably did not even need 22 images, probably could have the same look with half that. Thanks again!

    • Thanks Donna! They are fun to do and Photoshop does most of the work! In the older days in my Commercial Studio I was using film with 4×5 & 8×10 view cameras and used the swings & tilts to get maximum depth of field. Or select focus areas for sharp or soft areas. In the digital age now it makes getting the effects you want a lot easier and you have unlimited control of what you are photographing!

    • Thanks Alexa! They are fun to do! Especially if you want more depth of field for the main subject and still have clean smooth backgrounds!

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