Marcela Stegemueller  


Untitled by Marcela Stegemueller

July 2021 - Untitled

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Again I am trying focus stacking. Used my 90 mm macro lens and used 16 images. I may have chosen the wrong flower (Penta) to focus stacked because after I finished, I noticed quite a few white specks which probably came from my many images. I will keep trying, but I am not pleased with my results.I wanted to submit something so you would not think I am not trying. Any suggestions would be appreciated.


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6 comments posted




Jessica Manelis   Jessica Manelis
Although the composition is very centered, I think it works here. I like how you cropped off the end of the leaves on either side. It throughs the image off balance a little. I have never tried focus stacking, but it does seem like this would be a hard subject because there are so many little flowers. That may be the cause of the image not feeling in focus. But I do like the colors. And I would try to get rid of the background flower on the bottom.   Posted: 07/14/2021 10:44:45



Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
I like the colors, water drops and blurred background. You have wonderful focus on the two main leaves, however, your main subject appears soft and out of focus. I find sometimes red is a hard color to keep detailed.   Posted: 07/17/2021 10:35:23



Nelson Charette   Nelson Charette
I think the reds are hard sometimes to keep the details.
Focus stacking is fun but takes a while to get the hang of it. I would start out with a simpler image. What stacking software are you using? There are a lot of youtube videos out there on focus stacking to maybe help.   Posted: 07/20/2021 10:07:30



Mary Hinsen   Mary Hinsen
Hi Marcela - you're doing better than me with focus stacking! I haven't submitted any of mine, as I'm just not getting good results.
I love the reds in the flowers, and I like your crop. Keep submitting your focus stacked images for us to see how you progress :)   Posted: 07/20/2021 16:32:02



Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
I agree with some other commenters that this may not be the best subject for stacking. I have had mixed results as well. I want to do more but get frustrated with inconsistent results. I suspect on something as 'deep' as this flower, it may take more than 16 images to get the whole thing sharp. Of coarse, a lot depends on the f stop. Looks like this was done outside, which always presents that pesky wind moving things around. Keep working at it; you have renewed my interest to try my hand at it again. As I look outside this morning, I see slight a breeze. Ug, maybe I'll clip a flower and bring it indoors. haha   Posted: 07/25/2021 11:03:11



Andrew Carstensen   Andrew Carstensen
You did excellent with focus stacking. This picture is a winner to me. Soft lighting, bright subject, textures, patterns and just about the right distance for a perfect close up. The pinks are so bright toward the center that it overwhelms the small details in that area. You can clearly see the far end of the flower, leaves and new buds are in focus. The whole subject is in perfect focus, great job.   Posted: 07/31/2021 19:01:06