I placed the rosebud in front of my tripod mounted camera and used the touch screen to control the focus point and trigger the shutter. I had the self timer on a 2 second delay to prevent any motion due to my touches.
…this “Two Image Pano / HDR / Focus Stacking” technique can be useful and it has several advantages over the standard approaches …
It’s simpler than conventional techniques, and yields very good results. You can hand hold in many cases, especially if you use an image stabilized camera or lens. It uses the camera’s auto exposure effectively to expose correctly for the different areas of the image. You can post process with just Photoshop – other software isn’t required. It greatly increases the dynamic range of the final image without requiring HDR processing or software. Depth of field can be increased over a single photo approach or the conventional pano / HDR approach. It also substantially increases vertical field of view.
Focus stacking software can give the photographer complete control over depth of field and background appearance and enables optimal image quality results.
Today’s post is inspired by a gift the Olympus Camera Company has just given to owners of their OM-D E-M5 Mark II and E-M1 cameras. They’ve issued free firmware updates that add new capabilities, one of which is focus bracketing. Here’s an example image I made while learning about the new features.
Last March at the beginning of the pandemic, I wrote a post called “In the Neighborhood“. It was just a few photos I made as Lynn and I walked cautiously around near home while we tried to figure out the whole lockdown thing. I don’t really have any profound thoughts I want to share about … Continue reading One Year Later
Lynn has a Lily of the Nile plant outside our front door. It looked stressed over the winter, but at the beginning of April it perked up and started blooming. I kept an eye on it and made these five photos over three weeks to show the sequence. April 1st April 6th April 9th April … Continue reading Bud to Bloom in Black and White
Good morning! We were traveling last weekend and I started coming down with a cold on the flight back. So I haven’t been out much since and I don’t have any new material for you. Instead, I’ll repost this write-up from back in April, 2014 – it’s one of my favorites. And it reminds me … Continue reading Lessons from a photogenic place (repost)
If you’re willing to dive into photoshop or any other image editing software that offers layers and masking, you can do the same sort of work.
It’s fascinating how photography and computers are merging. For someone that started out programming Univacs on punch cards, the power and capability that fits in my pocket is stunning. What can they possibly think of next?
The first part of my visit to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge last Tuesday (2/2/16) was about as foggy as I’ve ever seen.