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by Audrey Jones January. 15, 2017 408 views

Following on from fiddly things yesterday, more similar today. I thought I would try something more macro with a little stacking as well. A pair of earrings would do nicely. Not teeny weeny but small. Also easy to keep in place, if you don't knock anything.

Black background was foam board from the art shop. Not ideal. When you get close up, it has fibres. Must invest in a small piece of black velvet sometime. 

Anyway, I started with the 60mm as close as I could reasonably get. It is not a real macro lens - magnification is 0.5. But focus is quite close, around 25cm. Three shot stack below:

the pair - first attempt

There is an unfortunate orange reflection in the one on the right hand side, but no matter for just now. I will fix that up another day. Also on here it looks a little dark.

Then I thought: get closer. I have an extension tube. This time I stuffed up: somehow knocked the aperture ring but did not notice, careless. But I was using the LCD screen upside down at the time! Took nine images. The stacking went wrong. Artefacts, fringing....  Now run out of time to try again today. So here it is anyway:

Not quite there yet


An enjoyable experiment for indoors.

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Loren Knoppi 2 years, 9 months ago

Beautiful earrings.. I will look into this focus stacking.

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Audrey Jones Replied to Loren Knoppi 2 years, 9 months ago

Have a look at helicon focus website. Lots of information there.

2 years, 9 months ago Edited
Loren Knoppi Replied to Audrey Jones 2 years, 9 months ago

I will take a gander at it! Thank you :)

2 years, 9 months ago Edited
Gene Mcdaniel 2 years, 9 months ago

I took my first crack at focus stacking this week, and it did not go nearly as well as yours. Did you find stacking while using extension tubes difficult? I also use tubes on occasion, and I find the focus range to be extremely limited. What I mean by that is I usually have to move the subject or tripod to achieve focus.

2 years, 9 months ago Edited
Audrey Jones Replied to Gene Mcdaniel 2 years, 9 months ago

I think it depends on the lens in part. It's harder the closer you get obviously and it's so fine I find manual focus is essential. You need a good LCD screen to help the eyes. I would not move the subject that's bound to cause trouble. Focusing as close as possible then moving the camera is an option, but not easy unless you have a slide rail of some sort. Give it another go

2 years, 9 months ago Edited
Kaeyla Mcgee 2 years, 9 months ago

I use stacking quite a lot for my macro and it's often a tricky beast - really well worth persevering with though. Your top ones turned out well with good sharpness front to back and I'm not sure that the orange bit spoils it at all. Are you just using Photoshop layers or do you have a special programme?

2 years, 9 months ago Edited
Audrey Jones Replied to Kaeyla Mcgee 2 years, 9 months ago

I am using Helicon software. Really simple and I like the results better than my efforts in PS

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