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By peterjay80
My first attempt at focus stacking between showers yesterday. There is a great deal of tidying like removing the birds and pylons but I would welcome your thoughts on what I should be doing to improve such an image. Photoshop CC used.

Tags: Landscape and travel Worcstershire


dark_lord Plus
15 2.4k 598 England
29 Sep 2019 11:40AM
It's not the usual subject for focus stacking.
Though I can see that for medium telephoto landscapes it could be useful.
The issue, is that any moving elements are difficult to deal with and as you;ve found, requiretime to work on.
Pylons are stationaruy so they shouldn't have been a problem Unless you didn't use a tripod. Focus stacking, like HDR is a tehnique that requoires a firmly located camera.
For a normal scene like this an aperture of f/11 would have given suifficient depth of field I think.

Whether focus stacking or not, there are some issues.
A small clockwise rotation is needed. There might be a slope to the horizon in real liofe, but it's the verticals of the building that stand out as leaning.
The interest lies in the building which needs to have more prominence. It's like cutting a poprtrait off at the knees.
There's a lot of foliage taking up a lot of room on the left, dominating the image with nothing to add to the inage (that a smaller amount wouldn't do)

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Thank you Keith together with my apologies for sloppy presentation. You are right about the levels and a bit of crpping a la Ju woud have been so much better. I'll try again using a better aperture.

paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2019 4:59PM
Nothing really to add to Keith's note. Not the ideal subject for focus stacking but worth the experiment. difficult to tell if it worked or not. I tried it on parked aircraft recently at a photo event and found I only needed 3 frames at f16 using the XT3 auto focus stacking feature.

pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2096 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2019 8:05PM
Although it's rare to see focus stacking on a landscape, Peter, it looks like you were successful.
But I agree with Keith when he says that a smaller aperture could have done the job quite nicely.

Compositionally, the house has been cut off and, since it's the focal point of the image, it's a shame to only see a part of it. Would portrait format have suited this best? That way, you could have excluded a lot of the left side of the picture and given the house more prominence.

Thank you Paul, I'll keep trying based on your and Keith's comments and advice.

Pamela thank you very much for your comments. I agree with your thoughts on a portrait format as I think Ju's modification shows.
I'll carry on experimenting with lens's and apertures but I promise not to post any of them Smile

dark_lord Plus
15 2.4k 598 England
29 Sep 2019 8:37PM
Please post them Peter, it would be nice to see how your experiments work out.
dudler Plus
16 973 1535 England
29 Sep 2019 10:31PM
It's certainly not hte most common use of focus stacking, but I can see due cause for using hte technique for landscapes, especially if you're using a long lens, and there are close and distant elements to the composition.

So, ideally, to show that it's worth doing, I'd put the lens at 400mm, and get some really close foreground, as well as middle distance and horizon in the shot.

So maybe not a balcony view, unless you have something in the foreground (having stood in your flat, I'm thinking there's not anything). But looking along a path, say, on top of the hill?

I'm not sure how the software would treat moving objects -0 my suspicion is that they may nto be as big a problem as one might think, as htey will only be sharp in one shot, and the whole point is that the amalgamation removes unsharp areas. But I could be wrong, and maybe ought to try it!

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