Posted on August 5, 2020
After the a rain storm I noticed raindrops on evergreen branches above our sidewalk. I shot a few versions, then decided to shoot a panorama showing the new growth and the raindrops underneath. A 5 image panorama, shot with a Canon 7D with 300mm f/4 lens. It seems like Photoshop does better aligning the images in closeup panos with a longer lens, plus I get softer & cleaner backgrounds this way.
Posted on November 6, 2019
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)
Posted on October 6, 2019
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.
Posted on June 8, 2018
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.
Posted on March 16, 2018
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.
Posted on June 26, 2017
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.
Posted on August 6, 2015
This Eastern Forktail Damselfly had a large drop of water on its mouth which acts like a magnifying glass, giving an interesting view.
Posted on August 4, 2015
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.
Posted on July 9, 2015
I found this grass leaning over after a heavy rain, but liked the symmetry of the arc with the water drops. Probably about a 15″ long section assembled with a 5 shot panorama , 150mm macro lens, assembled in Photoshop.
Posted on June 28, 2015