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Week 4: 24-30 January

Poor weather to start the week here, so I've started by photographing flowers.

#1 (Pic 10) Lisianthus Flowers- Creative theme

This is 72 stacked shots, using Helicon Focus 7. I was using the a7Riii and Zeiss Loxia 50/2 and f8 and ISO160. The other addon was a Nisi Macrorail.

This viewpoint I only worked out recently, during the Prime 50 challenge. If you put the flowers in a small vase against the background you want, and shoot overhead, the blossoms conceal the vase beneath them.
a7riii, a9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF
 



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Week 4: 24-30 January

It's mid-summer here, so I found some sunflowers and some in-season fruit and vegetables, and staged this shot as a still-life. This is 27 shots taken with my Loxia 35/2 and combined in Helicon Focus 7

#2 (Pic 11) Summer Still-Life (scenic)

a7Riii with Zeiss Loxia 35/2 at f4, ISO200 and 1/8sec. Each shot was taken with 5 sec timer.


Edited by Wētāpunga - 29 January 2022 at 02:51
a7riii, a9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 January 2022 at 10:17
Nice focus stacking work, especially the second has a nice old painterly feel.

How dou determine the number of steps needed? When I use a rail I determine the step size by taking somewhere from 25% - 33% of the dof that I calculate with an app on my phone, but when I don't have a rail with me I find it much more difficult to determine how many staps I need by refocussing after every shot.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 January 2022 at 18:48
Thanks Pieter, I don't have much of a system for calculating the number of steps. I just guess. The wider the focal length, the less steps I take.
If I don't have a rail, I just map out a sequence of points in the image to focus on (usually front-to-back) and refocus on each of them. It seems to work most of the time
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Week 4: 24-30 January

And now we have a return to the Takapu at Muriwai, with the Tamron 150-500. The birds are a little easier to photograph when they are not flying

#3 (Pic 12) Takapu about to take off- Telephoto Theme

a7Riii and Tamron 150-500 at ISO400, 1/2000s, f8.

Edited by Wētāpunga - 29 January 2022 at 03:34
a7riii, a9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF
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The Lisianthus shot truely stands out. The whites kept pristine
Same realy for the whites of the bird, what focallenght was used?

 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 January 2022 at 21:17
Thanks Maarten,

I don't think I'd have ever tried that Lisianthus photo without focus stacking. I had a couple of LED lights to illuminate the flower and played around with angles until I got a lighting effect I liked. I really like the overall image. I got some other shots using more traditional composition techniques and they didn't have the impact of this.

The Takapu was photographed at the long-end, the 500mm. While they are largish birds and you can get close to their nesting site at Muriwai, being able to reach 500mm is still useful.
a7riii, a9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Miranda F Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 January 2022 at 01:03
Originally posted by onsplekkie onsplekkie wrote:

The Lisianthus shot truely stands out. The whites kept pristine

+1. Terrific picture!
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Originally posted by Miranda F Miranda F wrote:

Originally posted by onsplekkie onsplekkie wrote:

The Lisianthus shot truely stands out. The whites kept pristine

+1. Terrific picture!


Ngā mihi nui- many thanks Anthony.
a7riii, a9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 February 2022 at 20:50
Exemplary stacking work, Kai, and both have their merits. The colour set in the still life is classical in its sensibilities, and the Takapu in shot 3 captures its moment so well. Good craftwork feeding in to the art all round!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bonneville Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 February 2022 at 17:21
Your Takapu shots are great and the last one (take-off) is my favourite so far.

Your focus stacking exercises are certainly going well. I bought a cheapie Neewer focussing rail during one of our earlier lockdowns but haven't really made much effort to use it, other than when it first arrived. It has about 7cm of travel forward and back but half of that left and right. Nevertheless movement is smooth and I haven't yet worked out the best way, or any way for that matter, to figure out the steps

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Thanks Howard and Brian,

Appreciate the feedback on the focus stacking. I did have a cheaper one in 2021, but end of year I replaced it with a Nisi version (when they were on sale) and it's much better.

The Takapu have been a good source of photos for this challenge so far.
a7riii, a9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF
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Week 5: 31 January to 6 February

A more challenging week for me this week, as the humid, sticky weather eroded my desire to go hiking anywhere, and the rising Omicron threat created a surge of more work as we tried to adjust to the new reality.

#1 (Pic 13) Alien in a pensive mood (telephoto theme)

a7Riii with Zeiss Batis 135/2.8
(Where would we be in these challenges without some handy household pets to model for us at times ?)

#2 (Pic 14) Wet flower bloom (scenic theme)

a7Riii with Voigtlander 110/2 lens at f8, 1/125s, ISO125.

#3 (Pic 15) Bloom on Black (creative theme)

a7Riii with Sigma 70/2.8 at f8, 1/125s, ISO2000.

Not my most inspired week really, as I was hoping the stormy weather yesterday would have created the chance today for some dramatic seascapes. All we got was heat, humidity and a still air, with occasional shower. Still, we've made it into the second month.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 February 2022 at 15:46
The cat is adorable and from the flowers I like the second best. Both background as well as the slightly deeper dof make it more stand out.
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