Rain Drops After The Storm

I am still testing the iPhone 11 Pro for a variety of photo subjects. These are to see how it does for closeup details. Not quite a macro camera, but very close. Plus because of the iPhone 11’s small lenses you get quite a bit of depth of field for these closeup subjects.

For these images I was using the 6mm lens (Full Frame equivalent would is 52mm)

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iPhone 11 Pro – 16 x 9 Format

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iPhone 11 Pro -16 x 9 format

 

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iPhone 11 – 16 x 9 format

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A little closer view

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Wet Leaves In Grass

 

 

 

 

 

RainDrops After The Storm

Sometimes it is fun to look for raindrops after a heavy rain storm. I tried during a light drizzle, but the camera was getting too wet. So I waited til the next morning after the heavy rain storm was over and the sun was out. I was using a Sigma 150mm macro lens for all images here. Also the images here are just single shots, except for two listed as a 2 image stacked panorama. It also helped there were webs in the bushes for the raindrops to land on.

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2 image stacked panorama 

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2 image panorama, 150mm

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Water Drops on Leaf

I was looking for water drops after a heavy rain in the yard last year. I saw this leaf with lots of different size droplets and photographed the leaf with a close focusing 300mm f/4 in 2 horizontal images stacked. I used Photoshop to combine the images and then brought out more detail in the Drops. Then went on to photograph the water drops on leaves. I also used a High Pass sharpening technique on a separate layer in Photoshop.

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Day Lily leaves with water drops

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Raindrops On Bush – 10 Image Focus Stack

While looking for a photo subject in the yard, I saw these tiny raindrops on a evergreen shrub. It looked like an interesting pattern of raindrops going back into the shrub. I liked the circular dark hole in the background as a distant destination point. Almost like a “black hole” in the distance. I shot a series of 10 images at f/8 in different focus points along a range from near to far for the range I wanted to shoot. Then I opened all the images in Layers in one Photoshop file. Selecting all the layers, I used Auto Align to line up all the drops in the layers. After aligning, I used Auto Blend to combine all the “in focus” sections into one flattened image.

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The First Near Focus Image in the Stack.

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The Tenth Final Image in the Stack

Small Leaf On Rain Dropped Leaf Background

This is a 2 image stacked photo, shot at f/4. It was a windy day, so I did not want to use a small f/stop because the leaves were blowing back & forth. It does not show here, but there was quite a bit of distance between the two main leaf subjects. So with the wind moving the leaves, I did not want a slower shutter speed that would show movement. I shot wide open at f/4 to minimize movement and focused the 2 shots for each main subject. Combined in Photoshop for the final image. I cropped the bottom leaf because there was too much open space in the bottom right corner.

 

Damselfly with Water Drop

This Eastern Forktail Damselfly had a large drop of water on its mouth which acts like a magnifying glass, giving an interesting view.

Water Drops on Grass Stacked Image

This was shot at f/5.6 and took 20 images from front to back. These seem to be harder to stack than some of the others I have done and took some practice.  Out of focus leaves behind my subject and out of focus highlighted water drops seemed to distort certain layers more than others. I tried a trial version of Helicon Focus, to see if that worked better than photoshop but liked the Photoshop version better, (Probably because I am more familiar with Photoshop). But for those wanting to try it, you can get a 30 day trial version of Helicon Focus online to try stacking images. I have to work more on my trial version to get more familiar with the program before I decide which is truly better.  They are fun to do and can give amazing results. Also try “Short” stacks of up to four images or even a 2 shot “Short” stack for added depth around your subject.

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