Harry M. Stuart  

Hibiscus by Harry M. Stuart

October 2020 - Hibiscus

About the Image(s)

A few years back, I 'borrowed' this hibiscus flower from my next door neighbor. Well, it was on my side of the property line. I then set the flower up in my 'lab' and did some focus stacking. Following a few spritzes of water (although I understand that glycerine might have been better) I took 20 or so images with camera on a tripod with the focus varying by mm from furthest to closest. The use of Zerene Stacker allowed this composite image containing only the sharpest of the images. Post processing consisted of some cloning out of a few leaves.
Technical specs, other than I was using a Canon t5i, are not available because of the stacker processing.

6 comments posted

Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
You have obviously mastered the focus stacking--something I have fear of attempting. Your image to me appears perfectly sharp. I like your background and the contrast of the green and pink. To me the flower composition has a 3-D effect, and the water droplets help to make it pop. I would only suggest you clone out the lower left leaf (and maybe the end of the stem--not sure about that). Since you have the flower positioned higher in the frame, I think it might look better with some cropped off the bottom to balance. Beautiful specimen, and I would like lessons on the focus stacking.   Posted: 10/04/2020 15:41:25
Harry M. Stuart   Harry M. Stuart
Thank you.   Posted: 10/05/2020 14:15:07

Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Love this, Harry! I have taken many photos of hibiscus but never cut one off the bush to photograph. I think your photo stacking worked very well. The pink flower with just a few leaves against the black background was a wise choice as the flower just stands out. I agree with Shirley on a bit of crop off the left. Not sure about needing any off the bottom.   Posted: 10/05/2020 13:26:56
Harry M. Stuart   Harry M. Stuart
Thank you.   Posted: 10/05/2020 14:15:23

Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Great picture with encouragement to try it some day. The grey background with a tinge of purple is a great choice.   Posted: 10/09/2020 15:34:41

Jaqueline Whalen   Jaqueline Whalen
I second Shirley's comment. I would love some lessons on photo stacking. The effect on this photo take it from a pretty blossom to a 3D interpretation and I love it. I think I would like to see a bit of cropping on the bottom but it would be hard to improve on what you have here.   Posted: 10/13/2020 07:38:01


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