Eye Candy

While hiking the nearby prairie meadow the other morning, I came upon a wonderful subject for using the focus-stacking technique, a thistle in full bloom. With all the nooks and crannies of this lovely wildflower, focus-stacking was a good choice to capture most all of the flower in focus, while still keeping the background out-of-focus. I sat up my tripod and captured 16 images, which I later combined in Helicon Focus software:

Thistle wildflower

Moving the tripod just a bit, as well as a little closer to the flower, to capture a slightly different view, I captured 23 images which I later combined (Helicon Software) into this image:

Thistle wildflower

This little wildflower grants us a wonderful eyeful of purple, which is quite a treat on an early fall morning!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod with Graff Studioball SB-QR ballhead
  • ISO 800 (top photo) and ISO 200 (bottom photo) … noticed the ISO was at 800, after the first captures (it had been windy earlier), so moved it to ISO 200 for bottom captures
  • Aperture f/8 (top photo) and f/3.5 (bottom photo)
  • Shutter 1/30 sec. (top photo) and Shutter 1/60 sec. (bottom photo)



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Posted in 2014, Blog, focus stacking, Macro Photography, Nature Photography, Wildflowers
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