Orchids by randystreat


My get-pushed partner challenged me to focus stacking. It could be macro, or landscape too. 3 shots, and merged in Lightroom, or similar.

Sometimes I am an overachiever. This is 8 shots. I've seen beautiful photos done using this technique. It simply frustrates me. I really can't see well enough to get the different focus lengths and rely on my camera to help me out. The techniques usually slows up my computer, although it did well today. Then when I look at the different photos, I really am not able to tell that much difference. But each time I do this I think I do a little better.
@valpetersen Thank you Val for pushing me to do this once again. I actually went back to look at the photo I took with autofocus and this one does have more in focus than it does. I'm sorry, but I will not be doing another one for this challenge.
April 9th, 2020  
Such lovely colours and detail.
April 9th, 2020  
Good job Kathy! I admire you- I don't have the patience for this technique. But it does look more 3D than usual.
April 9th, 2020  
@randystreat it looks beautiful and I appreciate the time it takes to take the shots and process. I've only had two shots to combine for Orton technique, and I struggled just doing that!
April 12th, 2020  
@wakelys Thank you Susan
@olivetreeann Thank you Ann. There's a fellow in my photo club that does most of his photos using this technique. His close ups of flowers are beautiful. I agree, it's too fiddly for me too.
@valpetersen Thank you Val. Every time it gets a little easier. But it will also be a challenge, since I'm not crazy about the technique, even though I'm getting better results.
April 13th, 2020  
nice colours on the orchid. i've done focus stacking only once with success and perhaps it had to do with having only stacked 4 photos and not 8. aces!
April 27th, 2020  
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