Sheldon Wecker, QPSA  

Mammillaria Cactus by Sheldon Wecker, QPSA

May 2021 - Mammillaria Cactus

About the Image(s)

This is a Mammillaria Cactus. The image was taken during a macro workshop at a local arboretum. I liked the texture and the menacing appearance of the spines. Each of the spheres is about two inches in diameter. Twelve images were taken varying the focus point, and then combined in Helicon Focus. The resulting composite was edited in Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro.

5 comments posted

Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
These certainly look as though they could do some damage! Good use of focus stacking - was that done in camera or manually? For a macro shot where detail is everything, you have nailed this. I suppose the only question is 'where to look'?nI thin seeing it on a small screen doesn't do it justice and this is pone of those images which might look really special on a large print on a special paper.   Posted: 05/05/2021 04:35:57
Sheldon Wecker   Sheldon Wecker
Thanks Peter - focus stacking was done in computer using Helicon Focus.   Posted: 05/05/2021 13:20:06

Joe Kennedy   Joe Kennedy
Ouch! I wouldn't want to meet this prickly thing without some protection. I do like the B&W conversion you chose - I think it adds to the plant's impending danger. Your focus stacking does not leave any out-of- focus areas within the plant. I enjoyed strolling through it, visually.   Posted: 05/05/2021 07:49:35

Joe Norcott   Joe Norcott
Prickly photo! If there is a way to open/brighten the upper right center cactus if so it takes you away from focusing on the lower left cactus. However, I definitely wouldn't want any of them in my hand.   Posted: 05/07/2021 19:04:53

John Hackett   John Hackett
This appeals to me a lot. It is so sharp photographically and naturally. Monochrome makes it more of an art from than a colour version.   Posted: 05/13/2021 06:32:21


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