Barbara Asacker  

 Bleeding Heart by Barbara Asacker

May 2021 - Bleeding Heart

About the Image(s)

Equipment: D850; 90mm macro lens; tripod; two clip lights

Settings: f/11; ISO 80; 1.60 seconds

This flower was on a stem of many bleeding hearts. I cut one off the
stem to photograph. I shot 13 images which were processed in Adobe
Camera Raw, and then stacked in Helicon Focus. I sharpened, darkened the
levels a bit, and then applied the "tonal contrast" filter from the Nik
Collection. The middle of the flower is a little soft, and I think it is
because the middle is puffed and rounded. I would like it to be sharper.

4 comments posted

Neal R. Thompson, M.D.   Neal R. Thompson, M.D.
Nice work Barbara. How to emphasize the "puffiness" of the red cheeks of the flower? The color could change a bit. Darken
the areas where the outer side of the flower falls off. It's hard to demonstrate the depth of the flower without a shadow.   Posted: 05/03/2021 18:48:31
Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Thank you, Neal. I'll try.   Posted: 05/04/2021 09:44:00

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
When shooting a focus stack series the camera moves the focus progressively into the frame. It you feel some part of the image might not be as sharp as you want (You should review your series of images in camera before moving the camera) then with out moving the camera simply manually focus on the area you are worried about and take another shot. You can latter add it to the focus stacked series when you do the processing.   Posted: 05/04/2021 14:48:47
Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Hi Larry,
Thank you for the advice. Every bit of information about focus stacking is helpful.   Posted: 05/04/2021 16:43:51


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