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17-03-2012, 04:09 PM
My apprenticeship continues with the Canon MP-E65 manual focus macro lens, forcing me down the path of focus stacking to inject some depth of focus into the scene. I use a tripod mounted focusing rail for this technique, although even all this additional stability is often thwarted by breeze induced leaf tremors.:sadeyes:
For the focus stacking, I mostly use the Auto Align and Auto Blend functions in CS5 then sometimes I duck out of CS5 to use Helicon Focus. Some of the backgrounds can be a bit of a struggle when focus stacking, as the insect rarely stays motionless between frames.
So, without further ado, here is the latest collection of critters captured in our back garden.:)
17-03-2012, 04:27 PM
I'm gob smacked, without words, amazed!
17-03-2012, 04:52 PM
Beautiful images and incredible detail, as always, Dennis!
17-03-2012, 05:20 PM
Incredible stuff Dennis. Lovely!
17-03-2012, 05:25 PM
The last image is a standout.
Wow, all beautiful, but I love the grasshopper best too. Wonderful details and contrasting colour in that one.
17-03-2012, 06:47 PM
Some stunning shots Dennis. The close up on the spider eyes is really amazing. :thumbsup:
17-03-2012, 08:18 PM
Fantastic shots Dennis , sounds like the MP-65 is a harsh mistress .
17-03-2012, 09:20 PM
Wowzers! very nice indeed, agree the juvenile grasshopper is pretty darn good but they are all brilliant.
17-03-2012, 09:49 PM
Far Out, Stunning colours and Detail, super Captures Dennis
Very Cool :cool2:
18-03-2012, 12:23 AM
Spectacular - these are all great shots! :thumbsup::thumbsup:
18-03-2012, 11:44 AM
Thanks Deeno, Rick, Humayun, Mike, Rob, Marc, Ken, Bob & Adam for your nice words of appreciation and encouragement.:)
Who would have thought that the skills I acquired from astrophotography vis-à-vis complicated set ups, lots of fiddling, auto guiding, stacking and hours of post processing are just as applicable to macro photography with the Canon MP-E65 lens!:lol:
18-03-2012, 11:45 AM
The Canon MP-E65 really is a nice lens and can produce some wonderful results, although from personal experience it can be a challenging lens to master in terms of technique and how you apply it.:)
I have the Canon 100mm F2.8 macro and for all my standard macro shots, I use it in AutoFocus (AF) mode using the centre AF point on my 7D - it is a wonderfully sharp and accurate lens. Using AF usually gives me almost 100% of my hand held frames in focus. Of those that are in focus, maybe 10 out of say 100 shots are keepers and of those 10, maybe 3 or 4 might get posted here.
With the MP-E65, it is a manual focus lens and in my early hand held days, maybe only 10% were in focus, so I now use a tripod and focusing rail. Generally, each MP-E65 photo I post here is the result of maybe 1 or 2 hours stalking and set up, followed by 1 or 2 hours of processing if the final image requires focus stacking.:)
Wow, they really are quite remarkable pics. Alot of effort but the images really stand out because of it!
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