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Post Options Post Options   Quote Miranda F Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 January 2022 at 23:22
Some lovely pictures here too, Pegelli. I liked the fungi shot and was very impressed with the witch hazel. I've never tried focus stacking but your picture shows very well what it can do - getting all parts of the subject sharp without ruining the isolation against background. If only my A7Rii had an app for that ...
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Good to see your Week 4 shots Pieter.
The first shot with the usual architecture, framed by the blue sky, has a good impact.

The second shot looks interesting with the reflection in the water. Do people actually rent these floating rooms? How do they get to them?

The third shot is one of your strong, macro offerings. Again, well framed and composed, with good attention to the defocused background. Well done.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 February 2022 at 20:41
I have enjoyed the Verbeke Foundation shots, Pieter, and they deserve to be included in this challenge. And I assume no stacking was involved in the macro shot, which nevertheless is a lovely offering.
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I don't know how you do it Pieter, producing photos with your hallmark excellence so consistently and I'm especially pleased you have chosen architecture for one of your themes this year, an area I'd like to improve on myself.

Stand outs for me so far are week 2: Montagne de Bueren in Liege (Luik) and week 3: The reduit of fort 2 in Wommelgem.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 February 2022 at 16:00
Thanks for all the comments gentlemen, very much appreciated.

@Miranda F: you don't need an app for focus stacking, I only use a good macro rail and some patience. But granted, I'm a bit of a dinosaur who sometimes thinks modern automated applications are a solution to something that still needs to find a problem

@Wētāpunga: I don't know if this one is still in use, the previous time I was there (2018) it was moored to the side but didn't have any facilities in it, so I think it's more an object then a place to spend the night.

@Howard_S, indeed the last macro was a single shot, I didn't have any stacking equipment with me and I think the narrow dof works quite well in this shot.

@bonneville, looking forward to your architecture attempts, the area you live in has plenty interesting structures (especially older ones) that are worthwhile further exploring.
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Week 5 - Architecture

While the castle of Schildehof is long gone the garden shed (and the orangerie you see here in the background) are still standing and in full use

A7Rii + Samyang FE 35/2.8


Week 5 - Landscape

One fell out of line

A7ii + Voigtländer Nokton 35/1.2 II


Week 5 - Closeup/Macro

Only add 2 eyes and you have a perfect natural dog portrait in this freshly sawn log

A7Rii + LA-EA4 + Min 35/2
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Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:



@Miranda F: you don't need an app for focus stacking, I only use a good macro rail and some patience. But granted, I'm a bit of a dinosaur who sometimes thinks modern automated applications are a solution to something that still needs to find a problem


And even without that rail you can succeed.
I do use a rail, because it aligns better imho.

Pieter, good work in general.   
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You need something to combine the pics, though, surely?
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Some software.... that's all...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 February 2022 at 20:06
Originally posted by Miranda F Miranda F wrote:

You need something to combine the pics, though, surely?
Taking the photos is a pure manual process (there are cameras which will do that automatically for you when using an AF lens), combining them to get a front to back sharp subject can be manual as well by layering and masking in photoshop but usually I use the program Helicon Focus to do that automatically, allthough usually there's some extra retouching work needed to smooth out the background. Helicon does a good job on the sharp parts but sometimes it makes a smooth background very messy/blotchy so then it's back to photoshop to blend the stacked image onto one of the individual phot's background.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Harm vb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 February 2022 at 20:28
I'm using Photoshop, which, imho, works fine to me.
in my macro-album on Flickr there are some fine stacked shots.
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Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

[QUOTE=Miranda F] ...usually I use the program Helicon Focus to do that automatically, allthough usually there's some extra retouching work needed to smooth out the background. Helicon does a good job on the sharp parts but sometimes it makes a smooth background very messy/blotchy so then it's back to photoshop to blend the stacked image onto one of the individual phot's background.


I'm also a Helicon 7 user. I usually try all three stacking methods and adjust the default radius in some. Then pick the best photo of the lot. For Flowers, I'm getting the best results using Method C (pyramid).
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Week 5 Comments

I think I like the architecture shot the most in this set. It tells quite a detailed story and the colours are appealing. That is quite some garden shed.

The fallen tree (landscape) shot is also a good composition, with something of interest in it.

Would not have expected to see a Minolta 35/2 appearing as the lens of choice in a macro shot

Also appreciate your commitment to comment on everyone's posts
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The gardenshed must have some great winterlight inside.
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