Eucalytus flower macro with A7r. 23 photos stacked.

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OvinceZ
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Eucalytus flower macro with A7r. 23 photos stacked.
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First time in 25 years I have seen this flower on a tree outside my place in Sydney. It is the middle of our so-called winter but flowers still bloom here. So out comes the tripod and 100 Canon macro lens. Used a segmented plastic clamp attached to the tripod and gripped the branch just a bit to the left of the photo. Using focus peaking I took 23 photos and then stacked them with Zerene Stack. Did a beautiful job right away with Pmax.

Edited in Photoshop Camera Raw then Perfect Effects. Very pleased with the detail and depth of field. Photos were at f/5.6 and 1/15 of a second. ISO 100.

Click on the bottom to see the original full size photo. Not many people post full size photos on this site. I honestly didn't want to post it here but it demonstrates a lot about the Sony A7r. Without focus stacking I doubt I could have done this photo. Maybe using a rail. I never used magnified view.

Vince

Zerene stack of 23 photos  f/5.6  1/15 sec  ISO 100

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RonFrank
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Re: Eucalytus flower macro with A7r. 23 photos stacked.

Very nice! Not the lovely jewel like many flowers, but the execution is well done.

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Re: Eucalytus flower macro with A7r. 23 photos stacked.

OvinceZ wrote:

First time in 25 years I have seen this flower on a tree outside my place in Sydney. It is the middle of our so-called winter but flowers still bloom here. So out comes the tripod and 100 Canon macro lens. Used a segmented plastic clamp attached to the tripod and gripped the branch just a bit to the left of the photo. Using focus peaking I took 23 photos and then stacked them with Zerene Stack. Did a beautiful job right away with Pmax.

Edited in Photoshop Camera Raw then Perfect Effects. Very pleased with the detail and depth of field. Photos were at f/5.6 and 1/15 of a second. ISO 100.

Click on the bottom to see the original full size photo. Not many people post full size photos on this site. I honestly didn't want to post it here but it demonstrates a lot about the Sony A7r. Without focus stacking I doubt I could have done this photo. Maybe using a rail. I never used magnified view.

Vince

Zerene stack of 23 photos f/5.6 1/15 sec ISO 100

Nice detailed shot.

I've done focus stacking on flowers, but never with that many images , more like 8 or 10 usually but this flower is a very deep one with a lot of levels so I'm guess you needed a lot of images to get all the parts in sharp.

Mike Fewster Veteran Member • Posts: 6,320
Re: I think it is a Hakea, not a Eucalypt, however..

OvinceZ wrote:

First time in 25 years I have seen this flower on a tree outside my place in Sydney. It is the middle of our so-called winter but flowers still bloom here. So out comes the tripod and 100 Canon macro lens. Used a segmented plastic clamp attached to the tripod and gripped the branch just a bit to the left of the photo. Using focus peaking I took 23 photos and then stacked them with Zerene Stack. Did a beautiful job right away with Pmax.

Edited in Photoshop Camera Raw then Perfect Effects. Very pleased with the detail and depth of field. Photos were at f/5.6 and 1/15 of a second. ISO 100.

Click on the bottom to see the original full size photo. Not many people post full size photos on this site. I honestly didn't want to post it here but it demonstrates a lot about the Sony A7r. Without focus stacking I doubt I could have done this photo. Maybe using a rail. I never used magnified view.

Vince

Zerene stack of 23 photos f/5.6 1/15 sec ISO 100

That's a very nice image. I am going to have to try that technique. Thanks for sharing.

I have two of those trees (slightly different colour flower variety) in my garden in Adelaide.

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philip pj Senior Member • Posts: 1,608
Re: I think it is a Hakea, not a Eucalypt, however..

The flowers in Australia are a bit like the people, Ron

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Very nice

Did you ever made a Photo of it with Sigma DP3 Merrill  or can you make a comparison shot ?

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Mike Fewster Veteran Member • Posts: 6,320
Re: Zerene

I just checked out the software you used. That is very cool stuff. Not sure that I want it sufficiently to pay that much for it, bit if macro photography is your bag, it looks to be quite a program. Thanks for the heads up as well as the shot.

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OvinceZ
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Hakea it is.

Hakea is part of the Grevillea family or whatever the classification is..

thanks,

Vince

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Re: Very nice

Marti58 wrote:

Did you ever made a Photo of it with Sigma DP3 Merrill or can you make a comparison shot ?

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The Sigma is outstanding for flowers. However it is not so easy to stack photos using manual focusing.

Focus peaking on the Sony makes stacking a breeze.

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Re: Zerene stacking

Mike Fewster wrote:

I just checked out the software you used. That is very cool stuff. Not sure that I want it sufficiently to pay that much for it, bit if macro photography is your bag, it looks to be quite a program. Thanks for the heads up as well as the shot.

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Mike Fewster
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Thanks, Mike. You can stack photos using Photoshop. You use Bridge to select the photos, then go to options and select add in layers in Photoshop.  Then in Photoshop you select all layers and open edit and align all layers. Next in edit you blend all layers.   Works okay some of the time.

Zerene is much more sophisticated and works with more files.

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