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First Attempt at Focus Stacking
Lens: M50/1.4 reversed Camera: K-7 Photo Location: CA ISO: 100 Shutter Speed: 1/180s Aperture: F8 
Posted By: jswillems, 07-28-2011, 05:36 PM

I wanted to take a break from my usual subjects and decided to try some macro photography. I decided to try some focus stacking on some of the insects from my collection. There are some spots where I missed the focus, but for my first try, and using a rather imprecise set-up, I was happy with the reuslt!


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Didn't do badly here Josh.
Stacking makes macro work doable with the simplest of setups.
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Thanks Ash!
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I like it....maybe I will try that myself!
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What is it?

Some type of wasp?
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Yes, it's a wasp, I believe of the family Sphecidae. Nowhere even close to the quality of your work, but hey, at least I have something to work towards!
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Yes, it's a wasp, I believe of the family Sphecidae. Nowhere even close to the quality of your work, but hey, at least I have something to work towards!
Interesting. Im pretty sure I caught this Sceliphron caementarium the other day, but my friend accidently let it go before could shoot it.

Thanks! Im glad I could be some type of inspiration Is there any reason why such a fast shutter speed was needed? How did you move the camera/subject incrementally?
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excellent work and composition.... superb detail...dave m

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excellent work and composition.... superb detail...dave m
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Thanks! Im glad I could be some type of inspiration Is there any reason why such a fast shutter speed was needed? How did you move the camera/subject incrementally?
Not only am I new to macro photography, I'm also completely new to using an external flash, so I'm still trying to figure things out. Is there a downside to using a fast shutter speed as long as there's enough light? I was moving the wasp back and forth on a simple slide that I slapped together out of some wood. It works, but it's really not precise and is easy to miss spots. Here's one I did last night of a white-lined sphinx moth that I like, except for the area above and to the right of the eye where I missed the focus. Ahh well, practice makes perfect!

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Well unless your setup is VERY unstable you don't need such a fast shutter speed. For "in the wild" shots I normally use anywhere from 1/40 down to like 1/15. The flash stops the motion For my studio macro's I shoot anywhere from 1-3 second shutter speeds. Also, are you using a remote?
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