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Post Options Post Options   Quote mikey2000 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 January 2021 at 21:20
That's a fine first three!   I can see how 'try something new' is going to get quite difficult over 50 weeks....

For focus stacking, I've often just chosen a fast shutter speed (needs good light though) then set maximum drive mode and just rattled off a burst as I slowly lean in towards the target. On my tam90, changing focus also changes the magnification quite dramatically.   I'm not really one for bulky equipment either (even a tripod is a bit intrusive when going for a bug)

For stacking, I've used photoshop with some success too. It does a decent job most of the time. What extra do you get with Helicon?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ADub128 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 January 2021 at 01:58
Beautiful start! I love that sunset. Keep posting to social media too ... I'm looking for the #Photo150 tag from time to time.
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Thanks @pegelli, yes, I'm considering getting rid of the white petals on the edge of the flower pic also, and also flipping it (mirror image) so that the white flower is on the left edge. Because that's kind of more comfortable to our eye.

In this case I just moved the focus by slighting turning the lens. There didn't seem to be any issues with the stack at all. One thing I might add, is that if you haven't used the Voigtlander 110 before, the 'throw' is very long. Extraordinarily long. I think about 250 degrees in close up. This means it is also, very, very precise with the focusing close up. So it is possible that the lenses' optical design favours this technique over a macro rail.
a7riii- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2, 85/2.4, Batis 85/1.8, 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 January 2021 at 05:12
Ngā mihi- many thanks @mikey2000

Yes, I've tended not to use a tripod for spiders or insects as it's cumbersome and so often you bump into some branch or thread or twig that sends it scuttling to safety.

For shots I can stage in the garden well, it's less of a challenge.

I haven't tried your rapid-fire technique. I might have to give it a go. You know, as part of the trying something new . Typically I shoot arthropods with a macro flash and small aperture, but if I opened it more then the flash might be able to keep up with the sequence.

I confess I haven't used PS, and in fact, have never owned a copy. I understand that Helicon is reputed to be a bit faster, a bit more accurate and provides more controls. I picked up Helicon last year when it was on sale so it seemed like a good deal.
a7riii- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2, 85/2.4, Batis 85/1.8, 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7

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I am envying you the summer weather, the seaside - sigh (locked down miles from the nearest coast).

Focus stacking is one of the techniques I am planning to try during this challenge. I was planning to start with lens refocusing (I did buy a cheap focusing rail, which soon demonstrated why it was cheap - and almost unusable). I like the concept of Mikey's burst while leaning technique - will definitely give it a go.

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Week 2:
This is a shot from Beach Haven looking at the sunset. We've had some really nice sunsets but this really wasn't one of them. Nice, but not really with a wow factor.

This is my creative shot for the week, as it is an HDR photo. 4 exposures combined with Aurora HDR 2018. I had to convert the a7Riii raw files to dng for this. Usually I'd try filters to take a shot like this, so the HDR side (for me) is new(ish).

HDR Beach Haven

a7Riii with Zeiss Loxia 85/2.4 at f8, ISO 200, several shutter speeds...
a7riii- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2, 85/2.4, Batis 85/1.8, 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7

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Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:

I am envying you the summer weather, the seaside - sigh (locked down miles from the nearest coast).

Focus stacking is one of the techniques I am planning to try during this challenge. ...



Hi Phil, it is a plus I'm able to travel but I must confess I do find Summer to be hard for landscape photography. The heat haze affects when I can take landscapes and it is usually too dry to get some decent waterfalls or streams. And without much in the way of storms, the seas can be very uninteresting.

I am finding focus-stacking to be a really useful thing to learn. This seems to be one of the benefits of taking up the challenge. Just thinking about, trying and getting to grips with a range of new techniques.
a7riii- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2, 85/2.4, Batis 85/1.8, 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7

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Week 2: The Macro Shot

Red Carnations on a white background

a7Riii with Voigtlander 110mm, tripod, f11 and ISO200.
a7riii- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2, 85/2.4, Batis 85/1.8, 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7

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Week 2- Wide Angle

Takapu Colony at Muriwai

a7Riii with Voigtlander 15/4.5, f11, 1/400s, ISO400
a7riii- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2, 85/2.4, Batis 85/1.8, 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7

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Week 3 (#1 Wide Angle)

Motutara Island

a7Riii and Voigtlander 15/4.5, 1/800sec at f8. ISO400.

The island can be seen in the pic above also, and you can see it is popular with NZ gannets (takapu)
a7riii- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2, 85/2.4, Batis 85/1.8, 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 January 2021 at 14:15
An impressive sweep of bay captured by the 15m lens for the week 2 wide angle shot. As I scrolled down I thought I was looking at the Jurassic coast of Dorset until the bird colony came into view.
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Love the moody B&W of Motutara Island.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 January 2021 at 02:38
@Howard_S thanks, the 15mm is a relatively new purchase (December 2020) so I'm using the challenge to come to grips with it. I think it definitely as a place in my kit bag for seascapes/landscapes. The bird colony I thought gave the whole picture some interesting foreground.

@Phil Wood indeed, one of the charms of trying to photograph our coast lines is that the mood can change a lot with the weather and time of day. I wouldn't have minded a bit more drama in the skies and sea still... it was pretty wild weather when I left home but when I got to Muriwai 40 minutes later it had calmed down a lot...too much even
a7riii- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2, 85/2.4, Batis 85/1.8, 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7

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Post Options Post Options   Quote onsplekkie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 January 2021 at 11:57
Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:

Love the moody B&W of Motutara Island.


Nice how the eye sweeps through the image to take it all in. The B&W givin it the moody atmosphere. Great!
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