Leaf

Rain stopped play today, so I decided to have a play with focus-stacking (using  a program called CombineZP) on some leaves I picked up on our first day here. It resulted in some interesting artefacts around the edges, which I've tried to tidy up a bit, but on the whole I'm quite pleased with it as a first go.
Great high key photo. How many shots were combined into this one?
posted September 25th, 2012  
@louhi I think it was 6 or 7. :)
posted September 25th, 2012  
In the small format here it looks seamless.
posted September 25th, 2012  
Jo
I've never even heard of focus stacking. I do like the way you experiment. By the way I've put an intervalometer on my Amazon wish list ;)
posted September 25th, 2012  
Awesome
posted September 25th, 2012  
very pretty leaf, and so coon the white!!
posted September 25th, 2012  
Wow, it looks great. I have never heard of focus stacking.
posted September 25th, 2012  
Kim
Fantastic! The detail in incredible and seamless. I think you mentioned this technique to me with a moth shot I had. Love the result here.
posted September 25th, 2012  
Great shot HH did you find you had to clone some of the joins in the images for the final result?
posted September 25th, 2012  
Cool shot, I've never tried focus stacking & this looks really good :)
posted September 25th, 2012  
@simon0128 Not in the middle of the image, but there was quite a lot of ghosting around the edge. I think instructions would've helped, but we had no internet. :)
posted September 25th, 2012  
I have done mine with CS5 in the past and found i had a few lines of pixels missing around the joins lol : )
posted September 25th, 2012  
Gorgeous colour
posted September 25th, 2012  
Very minimalist and cool. Great colour.
posted September 25th, 2012  
Beautiful! Wonderful colours!
posted September 25th, 2012  
Really lovely leaf! Faved :-)
posted September 25th, 2012  
gorgeous shot, love this +fav
posted September 25th, 2012  
This is a great shot showing the wonderful tones of Autumn
posted September 25th, 2012  
Perfect, fav!
posted September 25th, 2012  
Lovely tones. Great leaf shot.
posted September 25th, 2012  
Great one!
posted September 25th, 2012  
this is a wonderful picture.......lovely tones.
posted September 25th, 2012  
Jim
I don't know what focus stacking is or how it's done, but I know I love the result you got from whatever you did. I love the detail and the curled edges, as well as the great color and composition on the white.
posted September 25th, 2012  
Very pretty!! I love it on the white!!
posted September 26th, 2012  
this is just so very lovely!
posted September 26th, 2012  
This does look great...much better than the results I've had. Did you do your own focus (vs. a computer-driven focus)? On a tripod, I guess?
posted September 26th, 2012  
Tis good H, looks nice and crisp and the background is really clean.
What's going on with the stem where it joins the leaf? Did one off the shots have the leaf in a different position? Or is it just shadow?
posted September 26th, 2012  
I don't know what you are up to either but the reult is beautiful, lovely high key image and beautifully crisp.well done a fav
posted September 26th, 2012  
I like it. Is it a freebie program or purchase? Good for macro with bugs etc maybe?
posted September 26th, 2012  
Sue
I have no idea what you said, lol ... but I love the image. The colour, sharpness & on white.
posted September 26th, 2012  
cool......i love the beautiful leaf in that lighting....against the white backdrop. the rest of it..?...no clue.....i just do sooc all the time...save myself the headache.....lol. new follower here, by the way!
posted September 26th, 2012  
Very pretty! I've never heard of this - I will need to explore because I sure like the results you got
posted September 27th, 2012  
@vorka It's freeware. I think Photoshop is better if you have it, but I don't. People seem to have mixed results with CombineZP. There are lots of different stack options.
posted September 27th, 2012  
@cmc1200 Camera was on a tripod, but the focusing was done manually. :)

@bluefirebucket I think it's just the shadow. I was bouncing the flash off the ceiling. :)
posted September 27th, 2012  
Love the white background! The simplicity of this shot makes it!
posted September 27th, 2012  
The colour in this is fantastic. I haven't heard of focus stacking before so I'm going to google it in a second! Anyhoo - tis a great looking leaf and I love it against the white. Fav!
posted September 27th, 2012  
When I read your comment first I thought it said that you were playing with auto-focus, lol, and I was thinking that that would hardly be challenging. I really love this kind of simple shot with an everyday yet still striking subject. the colours are so vivid. as for focus stacking, I was reading about that recently. You will have to forgive my ignorance, I still can't understand why you would use focus-stacking.
posted September 28th, 2012  
Looks like it's floating. Great shot xx
posted September 28th, 2012  
Love this! The white background, the colour, the focus-- all perfect!
Even though I do not know how you do it, I love what you do! A Fav!!!
posted September 29th, 2012  
Cool shot. The leaf has some amazing colours in it.
posted September 29th, 2012  
So, seems like the buzz is on what is focus stacking? I'll have to look that up. Meanwhile - this is a beautiful result!
posted October 2nd, 2012  
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