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05-01-2012, 11:15 AM   #31
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Well, it took one day on April 30 to get the hardware assembled in a good way: Stack Shot, tripod, and camera.
Then it took May 1 to get a picture (only test, not beautiful) out of Stack Shot + Zerene, and there are still parameters for Stack Shot, Zerene, and the camera to consider and probably change.
It is a learning period.

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First picture with hw Stack Shot and sw Zerene

Well, here is my first attempt, a picture of a grape hyacinth.
I hope to learn more.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Sten Quote
Well, here is my first attempt, a picture of a grape hyacinth.
I hope to learn more.
Nice work!

Apparently the learning curve is not all that steep - or, more likely, you are a quick learner!

Congratulations,
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Well, here is my first attempt, a picture of a grape hyacinth.
That turned out very nice.
Zerene is growing on me but I find the Stackshot little pricey, I am a cheapskate at heart.

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Second picture with hw Stack Shot and sw Zerene: Man with wings

Well,

This is actually a detail of the orchid Phalaenopsis.

The area around the "head" is blurred in reality, so it is not lack of sharpness there.
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Nice work! So Stack Shot or keep plugging away manually cranking micro adjustments on my old Pentax macro rail :-) Tempting.
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Pansy with pollen grains

This is my third picture with Stack Shot and Zerene.
It is a little different from the two first ones since it is closer.

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Appears than high contrast has hit the right-hand side. You may be able to go back to your stack(s) and find some detail in them to 'paint' over the area. But almost like a watercolor painting and very nice composition.

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Appears than high contrast has hit the right-hand side. You may be able to go back to your stack(s) and find some detail in them to 'paint' over the area. But almost like a watercolor painting and very nice composition.
Yes, I see the high contrast now. But the stacks are thrown away, so the picture will stay this way.
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Been there, done that and then I cropped :-)
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Been there, done that and then I cropped :-)
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John, I retouched the picture with Photoshop CS5 now, and perhaps it became a little better?
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Sten, do you have the originals on an online account anywhere for viewing?
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Sten, do you have the originals on an online account anywhere for viewing?

Hi Nass,

My online picture accounts have size restrictions, and that is one reason why I publish my pictures here in the size 1024 at the longest side.
The original pictures are about 4900 long and can be up to 10 Mb.
However, I sometimes send original pictures by email to people I trust.
You are a moderator at this forum, and if you like, I can email pictures to you, if you give me your address.

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Sten, it's ok. I was just going to take a closer look at that last blue picture. The stacking looks a little bit off, if you look at the bottom right you'll see the specks (pollen?) are duplicated. Also I think you'll want to consider composition carefully, all that blotchy stuff on the right comes from stacking areas of low contrast which software doesn't do well. Was this dmap?

In terms of saturation and PP, I've always left any fiddling with that until the very end, ie once you have an image from a stack. So I have a very flat, unsharpened set of photos that go into a stack, then adjust later. Point being it's easier to adjust 1 composite than have to adjust the 250 photos going in. Personal preference!
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Sten, it's ok. I was just going to take a closer look at that last blue picture. The stacking looks a little bit off, if you look at the bottom right you'll see the specks (pollen?) are duplicated. Also I think you'll want to consider composition carefully, all that blotchy stuff on the right comes from stacking areas of low contrast which software doesn't do well. Was this dmap?

In terms of saturation and PP, I've always left any fiddling with that until the very end, ie once you have an image from a stack. So I have a very flat, unsharpened set of photos that go into a stack, then adjust later. Point being it's easier to adjust 1 composite than have to adjust the 250 photos going in. Personal preference!

Nass, yes perhaps the specks to the right are duplicated. I agree that the software was not at its best with this picture, considering the blotchy right part. Yes, it was Dmap. I have tried Pmax a few times too, but Dmap has always been better. Once I retouched the Dmap version with Pmax but discarded the picture later because of its imperfections. I agree that saturation, contrast etc is best treated at the end of the whole process, with the final picture.
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