G9 Affinity alignment example

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Trevor Carpenter
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G9 Affinity alignment example
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I don't know if this is of any interest but it was to me. The pictures below of a common spotted orchid which sprung up on my lawn. Well not exactly sprung; the whole plant of which this is the top half was about and inch and a half/35mm high. Normal plants in their usual woodland/meadow settings are up to 10 times that size.

To photograph it with the Oly 60mm meant lying flat on the ground and unusually hand holding or steadying while I produced a 20 image focus bracketing selection. Not surprisingly I made a bit of a mess of keeping steady The first 6 pictures are samples to show the variation, the stack actually used 12 of the 20 original shots. . Not expecting much I ran it through Affinity and was staggered at how well the alignment was achieved. Picture 7 is the resultant stack. Many people may expect alignment like this but it was my first experience with such a variation on the source material. I'm not posting as a great picture , only to show how well the alignment was managed but it's not a bad shot.

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Ken Yull
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Re: G9 Affinity alignment example

Well it would be a keeper if was mine. Did you only take one batch Trevor, I use focus bracketing or post focus, and would normally for a still subject take at least one set of each option. In the six posted I would try just #1, #2, #3, and #6, if they are the only ones that line up within the same tolerance.

But as I say the result you have is pretty darned good considering how much movement there seems between shots. Definitely worth the trouble taking.

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IanYorke Veteran Member • Posts: 4,001
Re: G9 Affinity alignment example

Trevor Carpenter wrote:

I don't know if this is of any interest but it was to me. The pictures below of a common spotted orchid which sprung up on my lawn. Well not exactly sprung; the whole plant of which this is the top half was about and inch and a half/35mm high. Normal plants in their usual woodland/meadow settings are up to 10 times that size.

To photograph it with the Oly 60mm meant lying flat on the ground and unusually hand holding or steadying while I produced a 20 image focus bracketing selection. Not surprisingly I made a bit of a mess of keeping steady The first 6 pictures are samples to show the variation, the stack actually used 12 of the 20 original shots. . Not expecting much I ran it through Affinity and was staggered at how well the alignment was achieved. Picture 7 is the resultant stack. Many people may expect alignment like this but it was my first experience with such a variation on the source material. I'm not posting as a great picture , only to show how well the alignment was managed but it's not a bad shot.

I had a similar experience when I was just playing about with focus stacking. Took a sequence of some flowers, just bent over and rattled off a burst. Flicking through the photos showed large movements but Affinity Photo did a remarkable job.

Considering the cost of dedicated apps for focus stacking AP is a no brainer at its modest cost for pixel editing, panos, HDR and focus stacking even without the recent 50% off.

Ian

Trevor Carpenter
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Re: G9 Affinity alignment example

Ken Yull wrote:

Well it would be a keeper if was mine. Did you only take one batch Trevor, I use focus bracketing or post focus, and would normally for a still subject take at least one set of each option. In the six posted I would try just #1, #2, #3, and #6, if they are the only ones that line up within the same tolerance.

But as I say the result you have is pretty darned good considering how much movement there seems between shots. Definitely worth the trouble taking.

I've given up on post focusing for stacking, not that it is bad but just that I have found focus bracketing much better.  I still occasionally use post focus for subjects where I can see that focus might be iffy and just take the best one.  This flower is actually an example of where I might use it but focus bracketing and affinity stacking definitely seems the best of a number of options.

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