Judy Merson  


Colored Pencils by Judy Merson

January 2020 - Colored Pencils

About the Image(s)

I shot these Primacolor pencils with my Sony a 6400 with the Sony FE 2.8 90 mm Macro lens on a tripod. Natural afternoon light came from the right and the overhead lights were on I kept the aperture at 9 and chose different areas of the image in order to focus stack. I then focus stacked in Photoshop CC


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8 comments posted

Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
What really makes this photo is its sharpness and detail across the whole image. This photo is a real accomplishment. It is no easy task to make a good focus stacked image.   Posted: 01/06/2020 18:41:22

Judy Merson   Judy Merson
Thank you for the kind words.
  Posted: 01/08/2020 14:57:09

Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
Judy, I enjoy this kind of image. You did a great job of capturing the details with your focus stacking. I am not certain if it is as a consequence of the focus stacking or something else, but many of the pencils appear over sharpened. They have a fringe around the edge. See the brown pencil, top center. I know there are ways to reduce that. Maybe someone in the group knows how?
  Posted: 01/08/2020 16:08:27

Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
I don't know how to eliminate halos when sharpening except by painting them out. In this case, I like the image better with the halos.   Posted: 01/09/2020 10:46:56

Tom Carnahan   Tom Carnahan
Nothing to add. Very nice creative photo.   Posted: 01/11/2020 12:59:19

Jessica Manelis   Jessica Manelis
Really nice image. The colors and the sharpness you created with the focus stacking is great.   Posted: 01/14/2020 10:18:31

Leonid Shectman   Leonid Shectman
i do not have anything to say, it is a perfect picture.   Posted: 01/20/2020 17:40:54

Jon Joyce   Jon Joyce
Excellent focus stacking! The pencil collection commands attention: the sharpness of the images, the angle of presentation and the framing of the collection. The background color is also very well chosen and adds to the overall feeling of unity. Only the two white pencils in the rear seem out of step in being a bit out focus.   Posted: 01/25/2020 19:28:32