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3 Drops

By SunPrints      
After the rain I went out into the garden to find water droplets on plants. I found an ideal subject and brought it inside into a makeshift studio lit with natural light.

When shooting macro so close the depth of field is going to be wafer thin, even at f8 or f16. The leaf in this image is at most 1.5mm wide. The front of the lens is very close to the subject making the composition you see here.

To begin with I calibrated my exposure in Manual mode, then set a manual white balance. Using live view, peaking and manual focusing I would start by focusing on the front most part of the subject. With pixel shifting turned on I would capture my first shot, then very carefully I would refocus through the subject taking more pixel shifted shots until I reach the back of the subject.

This image is a composite of 37 individual images.

The images were loaded into Lightroom, and lens corrected with very minor exposure adjustments, the changes were made to one image then synchronised across the collection for continuity.
The images were then exported to Photoshop as layers and aligned then blended in Stack mode. Photoshop then looks at all the images and creates masks on all the layers revealing only the in focus parts of the imageÖ The image is then flattened and returned to Lightroom for minor adjustments.

Itís a pain staking time consuming process, but I think the result was worth it

Tags: Rain Nature Macro Water Close-up and macro Drops Focus stacking

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RogBrown 13 3.1k 10 England
14 Dec 2015 5:14PM
Well worth the effort.

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PranavMishra 8 52 18 India
14 Dec 2015 5:19PM
lovely..
emit1 8 2 United States
14 Dec 2015 6:15PM
Superb capture. Informative narrative. Thank you
Cephus Plus
15 2.6k England
14 Dec 2015 7:41PM
Fantastic image.
jdenman 12 19 5 Spain
14 Dec 2015 7:51PM
Agree with RogBrown, is well worth the effort for results like this.
14 Dec 2015 8:45PM
Great work!!
Effrossini
Irishkate Plus
9 42 118 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2015 11:46PM
Fabulous result . I understand stacking but not familiar with the term 'peaking'?
Pixel shifting is also a new term to me. Do you use a stacking rack?
The finished result looks like three paper weights.
Kate Grin
PhilT2 Plus
10 531 31 England
15 Dec 2015 8:57AM
Brilliant result and an interesting description. Lots of work but well worthwhile
SunPrints 4 4 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2015 12:45PM

Quote:Fabulous result . I understand stacking but not familiar with the term 'peaking'?
Pixel shifting is also a new term to me. Do you use a stacking rack?
The finished result looks like three paper weights.
Kate Grin



Focus peaking is done by zooming in in live view to a small detail in the composition. Also the camera puts white highlighted areas in the image that show the crisp in focus parts of the image. you can use this techniques for more accurate focusing
http://photolisticlife.com/2013/04/07/what-is-focus-peaking/

As for pixesl shifting, this is when the cameras sensor shifts to expose the image more times, this renders a crisper image
http://photolisticlife.com/2013/04/07/what-is-focus-peaking/
15 Dec 2015 7:25PM
Fascinating - I'm not sure I would have the patience, but this is certainly very fine.

David GrinGrinGrin
Alda 7 70 30 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2015 10:54PM
Gorgeous GrinGrin

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