Damselfly Panorama

I like using a few different camera systems depending on what I am shooting. Or more likely, what I want to carry & lug around. If I am at a location working near the car, that is not usually a problem. But sometimes I just like walking around, but still want to photograph some interesting subjects that I might come across. Here I am using one of my m43 camera bodies with an adapted old style Canon FD 200mm Macro lens. On m43 cameras it is sort of equivalent (in easy terms) of using a 400mm macro an a full frame body. Instead of going to 1X magnification, because of the crop factor of the m43 system the FOV (Field Of View) is ~2X. This is a 3 image panorama. Luckily the Damsel co-operated for me.

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Damselfly – Single Image

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Damselfly 4img (overlapping) Focus Stack

Spider 6-Image Stack

Sometimes I just wander around the yard to see what I can find that is interesting. Here I was using a m43 Camera body with an old Manual focus Canon Lens. I like to play with the m43 bodies because I have so many old Canon and Nikon (among others!) lenses and it is fun to see what I can do with them. Sort of like when I was a kid building something with an Erector Set (for those of you that old to remember them!) They are easily adaptable to the m43 bodies. Here I am using a 200mm f/4 Canon FD Macro lens. So on a m43 body it gives a field of view equivalent sort of to a 400mm macro lens that can go to 2X. This is a series of 6 images, focus stacked and combined in Photoshop. It is not perfect, but fairly close because the spider moved before I finished the stack, so I had to stop the series. Sometimes it is just fun to go “Old School” with old manual focus lenses on newer camera bodies. It is also interesting because as you change the f/stop you see the depth of field changes as you go and remains bright in the viewfinder. Plus you also see visually if you are under or over exposed. It also makes you concentrate on what you are trying to do and see the different results in the viewfinder before you shoot. It reminds me of my old film days being on location looking through 4×5 & 8×10 view cameras seeing what is going on. Except a lot brighter, lighter weight and not upside down!

Hoverfly On Flowering Goutweed

While roaming around looking for photo subjects, I noticed this Hoverfly working around this Goutweed. Thought it was an interesting contrast to the white goutweed with the dark body and clear wings. I also liked the yellow shapes on the hoverfly. Shot with the Canon 200mm FD Macro on a m43 camera body.

Rain Drops on Leaves -8 Image Stack

After it rained again, I went out looking for rain drops. This time I used an old manual Canon FD 200mm f/4 macro with a m43 adapter on a Panasonic m43 camera body. The old FD lenses work well on the m43 cameras. Plus I have quite a few left from the film days. Makes it, sort of in easy terms, a 400mm f/4 macro in Full Frame Digital thinking on the m43 format, with the depth of field of a 200mm. There are more exacting ways to figure out the exact focal length, f/stop, and depth of field, but it is easier to just double the focal length and be close. Also unless you know the exact focal length of the lens, not what it is listed as, you are going to be wrong in the first place. Most lenses are not the focal length they are listed at, the true focal length is a little shorter usually from what they describe them as. Especially Telephoto Lenses. Also in the Electronic viewfinder, you see the depth of field you are achieving live. Stopping down the lens, you see your depth of field. There has been a lot of debates on lens conversions on m43 cameras, but it is not worth the effort to me.

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First of the 8 images, showing the distortion Photoshop did to help align all the layers in the stack. When Photoshop is compressing them into 1 blended file, it will automatically fill in blank areas with what it thinks it needs. Sometimes it works Great. Other times it needs a few touchups.

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Last Image (#8) in Series

The above aligned images are showing the manipulation of the areas of the start and last images using Auto-Align. Next when you choose Auto Blend, Photoshop will remove areas from each layer not used, usually the out of focus areas, selecting the areas more in focus and blending all into an image and placing it on the top layer above the other layers.

Sometimes it works very well, sometimes Photoshop just cannot handle it. Or they might need a little touchup here or there. There are other programs that might be better, but I am just doing these for fun and I am used to using PhotoShop.

 

 

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