David Terao  

Spheres and Tentacles by David Terao

May 2023 - Spheres and Tentacles

May 2023 - David Terao


About the Image(s)

While practicing my focus-bracketing technique at a local public garden, I found this Celandine poppy bud covered with dew drops and early morning mist. I shot this image with 45 stacked images and used Helicon Focus to process the stacked images. When I looked closely on my computer screen, I found that I failed to get the large water drop in focus. However, I noticed a group of smaller dew drops that formed an interesting composition. So, I cropped the image a lot and used Topaz's Gigapixel to add more pixels back into the image. I like the abstract nature of this macro image better than the original poppy-with-dew-drops image. Shot with a Canon R5 and 100mm macro lens. Exposures were 1/50 sec @f/5.6 and ISO 640.

11 comments posted

Randall Gusdorf   Randall Gusdorf
David, a successful by far this shot. I really like it. I agree with your assessment, both the fuzzy in front and the beautiful water droplets. You got a bonus with the upper one on the left - cool.   Posted: 05/01/2023 11:58:26
David Terao   David Terao
Thanks, Randall. It certainly helps to have 45MP to crop with although 100MP would be better! :-)   Posted: 05/01/2023 12:17:43
Randall Gusdorf   Randall Gusdorf
haha. not necessarily, especially with focus stacking   Posted: 05/01/2023 12:32:10

Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
David, WOW, WOW and WOW. LOVE this image. Good job on the focus stacking. Would not change a thing.   Posted: 05/06/2023 20:38:32

Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
(Group 22)
Congratulations David on your exceptional find and skillful processing!
  Posted: 05/08/2023 09:53:44
David Terao   David Terao
Thank you, Joseph, for stopping by and commenting.   Posted: 05/08/2023 10:20:41

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
Very cool. The original is stunning as well but you've really made a showpiece out of it. Great work!   Posted: 05/08/2023 16:17:00

Ingrid Lockhart   Ingrid Lockhart
Hi David. this is an amazing composition and capture. Could definitely be award winning, in my opinion. The original was nice, but this crop and processing are exceptional!!! Ingrid   Posted: 05/14/2023 16:04:18
David Terao   David Terao
Thank you, Ingrid. Sometimes you never know what you captured until you look at it on the big screen.   Posted: 05/14/2023 18:32:06

Shirley Ward   Shirley Ward
I love macro images and this is a "winner"... I don't have the capability of all of the "focus stacking stuff" and never learned how to do it... All of my photography is now done on a very good point and shoot camera. Then, if needs be, I will adjust, remove, crop, darken, etc. in photoshop.... At my age (90) it's all I can do to snap the shutter on a subject, let alone do all of the fancy adjustments... hee, hee..   Posted: 05/14/2023 16:22:47
David Terao   David Terao
Thank you, Shirley! Oh, my...I only wish I could be as tech savvy as you when I get there in 17 years.   Posted: 05/14/2023 18:34:30


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