Focus Stacking - first try

Discussion in 'Abstract, Still Life, Specialist and Macro' started by Rob MacKillop, May 7, 2020.

  1. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    I must be bored.

    I downloaded HeliconFocus, set up this little tableau, took 25 jpgs at different focus points, and imported the lot into HeliconFocus.

    In about three, maybe five seconds, out popped this image. I opened it in Lightroom 6, and increased contrast a little.

    The Droop.jpg

    Now, it doesn't look very sharp to me, which I'm actually pleased about. I set the Monochrom to soft focus in expectation that the final image would be ultra sharp. The result looks almost hand drawn, which is a surprise. The lens was the 7Artisans 75mm, 1.25 at full aperture.

    Not sure I will use it much, but the experience has been informative. What do you think of it? Looks more like a pen and ink drawing to me. Odd.
    Last edited: May 7, 2020
  2. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    It does have an interesting look to it, Rob and I see what you mean. I'm intrigued by the halo around the stem. Were the shots made using a tripod?
  3. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Yes, I used a tripod, and just manually adjusted the focus. Perhaps turning the lens caused the halo, but I can't see why. The adjustments were miniscule. Hmm.

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