More Focus Stacked Raindrop Images

I am still going through images from past shoots. This is another series of closeup raindrops, focus stacked from front drops to further back in the bush they were on. I was using an Olympus m43 body with an old 200mm Canon FD manual focus macro lens with a m43 adapter. This gives me a FOV (field of view) equivalent to 400mm on a Full Frame Digital Camera. I usually start from the front in focus and then do a series of focus points going back to where I want to end. The featured image is 11 images @ f/8. I load all into layers in Photoshop, then let Photoshop blend all the sharpest areas into one file.

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Closer up -7 Image Focus stack- concentrating on center area drops. 200mm Canon FD lens adapted to Olympus OM D camera

Macro Sampler

WARNING _ LONG POST!!

Being we are not supposed to be out and about, especially here in NJ, I thought these images would give some an inspiration to see what you can find interesting to photograph in their own yards or close to home. You can post yours so we can see what is happening in others areas. They closed all the Parks and other outdoor spaces here and limit travel basically only for food & essentials. They are even limiting the amount of people in the stores. So here are some macro images I have taken in my own yards over the years with different types of cameras and lenses. I tend to use a variety of cameras, lenses & different types of m43 and Canon Cameras. Many times for macro images I adapt older Canon FD manual focus lenses on my m43 Panasonic or Olympus Cameras. Doing this I get an approximate FOV of 2X on these manual focus lenses plus get a longer working distance to my subjects and with increased depth of field (in simple terms). It is fun to see what you can come up with. The featured Damselfly image is taken with a Canon FD 200mm f/4 macro lens on a m43 camera. My most used FD macro is the 200mm because it gives me a longer working distance to my subjects. The following sampler of macro images are with both m43 Cameras and Full Frame Canon Cameras for an interesting Macro Mix.

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Blue Dasher Head Shot – 200mm Canon FD Macro on m43 Camera (Full Frame Equivalent View – FOV ~400mm)

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Praying Mantis Portrait – 150mm Macro Canon R

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Eastern Pondhawk – 200mm Canon FD lens on m43 Camera (Full Frame FOV ~400mm)

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Blue Dasher, Male – 300mm Canon EF lens with 1.4X Teleconverter

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Water Drop Panorama – 2 images, 200mm Canon f/4 FD Lens, m43 Camera

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Water Drops After Rain – 3 image Panorama, 200mm Canon FD lens – Panasonic m43 body

 

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6 image Focus Stack & Pano –  200mm f/4 FD Canon Lens on Panasonic m43 Body

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Dandelion 7 image Pano & Image Stack, 200mm Canon FD lens, Panasonic m43 body

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Dandelion 5 image Image Stack for more Depth of Field, 200mm Canon FD lens, Panasonic m43 body

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6 image, 200mm Canon FD macro, Panasonic m43 Body

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1 shot, Canon FD 200mm Macro, Water Drop, Panasonic m43 Body

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200mm, Single Image – Aligned camera so I was shooting straight in to subject eliminating the need for stacking multiple images.

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Water Drops – Single Image

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Female Blue Dasher Head Shot – 100mm Canon FD macro lens

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Damselfly – 200mm FD Canon Macro lens

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Flower detail – 200mm Macro lens, Panasonic m43 Camera

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Day Lily After Rain – FD 200mm, m43 Camera

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4-images stacked in CC Photoshop, 150mm macro @ f/8

 

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Starburst on bud, 200mm FD on m43 Panasonic Camera

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Milkweed bug eggs on leaf – Panasonic m43

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Day Lily Stamen v1 – Short Stack (2 images) for softer background

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Water Drops after the Rain – 10 images @200mm m43 Olympus Camera

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3 image Short Stack – @200mm m43 Olympus Camera

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Single Shot – 200mm @ f/4 for Softer Background

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Water Drop On Leaf – 50mm, Panasonic m43 Camera

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Lady Bug – 100mm macro

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Echinacea Multi-image Pano, 200mm FD Macro lens, Panasonic m43 Camera

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Korean Dogwood – 200mm, m43 Camera

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TreeHopper (?) 200mm, Panasonic m43 Camera

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200mm macro, RainDrops on Feather (looks like a fish) Panasonic GH2

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Multi-Image Zinnia Image, 200mm m43

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Teneral Eastern Forktail Damselfly, 200mm Canon FD lens, Panasonic m43 Camera

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Eastern Carpenter Bee, 200mm FD Lens, Panasonic GH2

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Jagged Ambush bug, 200mm FD lens on Panasonic GH2

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Rain Drops, Multi-Image Stack, 100mm, Panasonic m43

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Lichen on Wood, 200mm, Panasonic m43 Camera

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Damselfly, 200mm FD Macro lens, Panasonic GH2

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Closer View – Damselfly, 200mm Canon FD macro, Panasonic m43 body

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Water Drops on Flower Stamen, 50mm FD macro, Panasonic m43

 

Great Egret Flying In

The featured image is a Great Egret flying in and landing on the branches that were in the water at a small nature area in Northern NJ. I used to photograph there years ago and since have moved from that area. I was going through images and decided to use these in my blog. As I was working on these images, I liked the reflections in the very still, calm water, giving a smooth mirror image without any small ripples or waves. All images were with a Canon 400mm DO lens.

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Later that morning the water started to have a few waves. The Egret stayed for quite a while and seemed content to stay on the branches.

Hoar Frost With iPhone 11 Pro

I went out in the yard early yesterday and noticed a few leaves with frost. As I looked further I saw most of the leaves in the shade and grasses were covered with heavy Hoar Frost and looked interesting. Since I am still getting used to the iPhone 11 Pro, for the multi-image pano series,  I shot a few more images than usual to help prevent some distortion. But the sun was starting to melt some as it was rising, so I worked quickly to get some of the more interesting subjects. The featured image is 5 overlapping images (2 top, 2 bottom & 1 center) with the 4.3mm lens on my iPhone 11 Pro, then assembled and blended them in Photoshop. For the featured image, I overlapped more than usual since I am still getting use to the iPhone 11 Pro for panos since the lenses are so small. (Sometimes in using the iPhone pano feature, you get distortion or a “warping” look in the panorama). So most times I shoot a series of images to assemble myself in Photoshop. The lenses in the 11 Pro are 1.5mm ( 13mm, Full Frame Digital Equivalent is 13mm), 4.3mm ( 26mm equivalent, Full Frame Digital), and 6mm ( 52mm equivalent, Full Frame Digital).

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2 image panorama, iPhone 11 Pro, 4.3mm lens, iPhone set to 16 x 9 format.

The following images are just single shots (except where noted) with the iPhone set to 16×9 capture format.

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2 Image panorama 4.3mm lens, to show more of the leaf and surrounding area with Hoar Frost.

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Hoar Frost on Leaves, 4.3 mm lens, 16×9 iPhone format, single image of above image.

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Hoar Frost on Dandelion, 4.3 mm, iPhone 11 Pro, 16×9 format. (It was quite warm one day last week and a dandelion popped up.)

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Hoar Frost on Leaf, 4.3mm, iPhone 11 Pro, 16×9 format

Blackwater NWR Snow Geese Sunset Fly By

As we were starting to go towards the end of the Wildlife Drive at the Blackwater NWR to wait to photograph some sunset images, we noticed a flock of Snow Geese flying through the colorful sky. I shot a few shots as they flew off and then moved on to setup for the end of the Wildlife Drive colorful sunset.

Plant Panorama

I liked the shape and curves of this plant. But I wanted a clean background, so I used a long lens but shot wide open so I had a soft clean green background. Also 3 overlapping images which I then assembled in Photoshop. I did not want to back up and get it in one shot because then I would also have more depth of field which means more background detail which I did not want. The closer you get with a long lens, the smoother the background when you shoot with the aperture wide open. I liked the curves and details on the plant and the arched shape. Shot with a close focusing 300mm lens @ f/4.

Davidson’s Mill Pond Park HDR Vertical Panorama

We were going to go to a National Wildlife Refuge today but were not sure if it would be open because of the Government Shutdown. So we went to a local County Park to take a walk. It got up to 55 degrees here in NJ after weeks of very very cold weather, sometimes in single digits.

I did not find a lot of photo subjects, but by a smaller pond, the sun was high in the sky reflecting in the ice covering the pond. I thought it would be fun to try an HDR bracketed series of both exposures and images for the pano. I liked the reflections on the ice in the pond and stopped down to f/16 to get a nice starburst on the sun. Shooting multiple images vertically and horizontally with overlaps for both the panorama and Shutter speeds for the HDR effect.

Images shot @ 24mm, f/16, bracketed series of different shutter speeds for the HDR effect and series of compositions for the panorama.

Day Lily Stamen Image Stack

The Day Lily’s were blooming in our garden, so I wanted to do some closeup image stacks for practice. Usually I use a 50mm or 100mm macro lens, but I wanted a little more distance to concentrate on the stamens. It was a cloudy day so it was as if I was using a giant soft box so there were no harsh shadows to deal with. I used a 150mm macro to help concentrate on the stamens and still give me the working distance I wanted. This was a 6 image stack, focused pretty much just on the stamens. I did not want the whole flower in sharp focus, so I concentrated my focus stack only anthers on the end of the stamens. Again combined and assembled in Photoshop. Each Lily has 6 stamens attached at the base of the petals, and each stamen has a stalk called the filament that ends with a two-lobbed anther filled with yellow dust like yellow pollen.

Rain Drop Image Stacking

Over the Weekend we had multiple series of rain storms, some with heavy rain. It would rain, then the sun would come out, then it would rain again, multiple times over. I went out in the yard during a sunny session in between, to look for rain drops. I was using a Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro but did not have a tripod at home. So I tried multiple series of images, for handheld image stacking.  Trying to be as steady as possible, I shot multiple series on a variety of groupings of water drops. These range from 3 image stacks up to 19 image stacks per image. Being hand held, it was hard to focus in a series of focus points without moving the frame somewhat. Actually, some I moved quite a bit. The newer versions of Photoshop CC seem to do a really great job of aligning and assembling images. And then filling some areas with content-aware fill to give a finished image. They would have been better if I used a tripod, but overall I am pleased with what I did get.

The Featured Image is a 10 shot handheld image stack.

 

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8 image stack

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19 image stack

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3 image stack

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3 image stack

Brigantine Division Winter Landscape

This is a 7 shot handheld panorama from the Wildlife Drive at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Oceanville NJ. The sun came out and the heavy cloud cover disappeared to give us a nice blue sky with fluffy clouds. Since there was not a lot of activity with birds closely, I switched to a 12-24mm lens, shooting a series of shots for a variety on panoramas. The featured image was shot at 12mm shooting out towards the North Pool. I am still getting use to Photoshop cc 2017 for panoramas. Sometimes it seems to do a few strange things to the images. I used to use CS6 Extended which also sometimes did strange things, but I was used to it!

The following are just a few more panoramas. There was not much action for birds, so I switched to landscapes. The clouds and sky were awesome for a while, so I shot quite a few assorted landscapes and panoramas.

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3 overlapping vertical shots for a semi horizontal panorama @ 12mm

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5 overlapping horizontal shots for a vertical panorama @12mm

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