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06-16-2019, 05:10 AM   #1186
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fleabane at over 3000 feet.

(That's elevation, not focal distance.)


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Butterfly Weed. Not so tiny when enlarged!

Got a Chinese Zhong Yi Freewalker 4-4.5x F2 macro from B&H around Christmas time. DOF is quite shallow. Most people (including me) will not get much in the line of usable images unless they focus stack.

This is one of the first stacks taken with the lens. Unfortunately I did not record the aperture value. Probably at 5.6 to 8, so diffraction is likely an issue. The manual recommends taking images at f2. This was taken at 4x on the K-1. Approximately 70 images. To really get a sharp image, one needs an automated rig. This is at the limit of what I can do with a hand adjusted macro rail, so take that into account when you look at the image.

The second image (crop) is of a different butterfly weed flower (different year, regular macro lens) with an ant approximately one-half cm long.

The third image is of the same flower as the first image, and shows what happens when an ant photo-bombs (ruins) my stack!

I knew I had a few dust spots. But not the extent of it. High Magnification lenses will highlight every single dust spot, and leave bad trails when stacked. I opened the stack in camera raw, healed 30-40 spots, synchronized spot removal, saved the stack then re-assembled in Zerene Stacker. I missed one spot that I had to clone out later.

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Butterfly weed with photo-bomber
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The charming bee orchid. Just about on the nominal size for this thread, flowers are about a half inch+ across.

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Been a good year for bee orchids... and ducks...
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Flowers of a NZ shrub Corokia x Virgata - these are about 15mm across and quite sweetly scented. Not reliably hardy in my neck of the woods, but I have it against a west facing fence and it is flourishing, it survived "the beast from the east" last year, which I missed as my wife and I were in NZ! K1 and Samsung Xenon 100mm f2.8 macro



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06-18-2019, 03:25 PM   #1192
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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
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Especially like your capture of the first yellow flower. I've tried several times (unsuccessfully) to get a nice image and found that the bright yellow waxy surface is a tough subject. Well done.

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QuoteOriginally posted by rgknief60 Quote
Especially like your capture of the first yellow flower. I've tried several times (unsuccessfully) to get a nice image and found that the bright yellow waxy surface is a tough subject. Well done.
This was my second effort, I didn't post the first. Th first was .3 EV and was blasted. This one was -1.7 EV then bumped in post. Underexposing brought out a lot more detail and there was lots of exposure on the flower to bring it up in post. Interesting when someone knows you had to work to get it right. I also backed off a bit to increase DoF and cropped more heavily.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rgknief60 Quote
Butterfly Weed. Not so tiny when enlarged!
Wow!

What's the light blue flower in your third photo Normhead, if you can name it? - it looks particularly appealing
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QuoteOriginally posted by rjbrett Quote
Wow!

What's the light blue flower in your third photo Normhead, if you can name it? - it looks particularly appealing
What post number? If it's light blue it's probably a Forget Me Not
If it's the third in the post above, it's Wild Lilly of the Valley but they are white.

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More fleabane - this one escaped my weeding protocol.

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Our fleabane are blue, I guess it changes color where it's grows.
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QuoteOriginally posted by photolady95 Quote
Our fleabane are blue, I guess it changes color where it's grows.

My little book says there are ten different species of this family of Fleabane in Ontario, so I would expect some variation across North America. I think this one is the Philadelphia Fleabane, which can also be white.
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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
it's Wild Lilly of the Valley but they are white.
That'll be it - thanks
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Alternate Leafed Dogwood flowers, happening today in the back yard.


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