On one of my many recent hikes in Glacier NP (Montana), I hiked to Virginia Falls. Just a very short distance below the falls, was this peaceful scene, with a single Aster wildflower plant gently blowing in the light breeze, in front of some cascades:
This is a focus-stacked image, combining two separate images. One image was used for the foreground, to keep the aster in relative focus, and the second image was focused on the cascade. When I shot this scene, I actually shot a total of 5 images to stack. However, when I worked at stacking the images, I found that the gentle movement of the aster swaying back and forth was just too much movement to stack all 5 images. So I went back and stacked only the first and fifth images, which worked out relatively well.
Photographic Equipment Used:
- Canon 5D Mark III body
- Canon 28-135mm IS lens, shot at 135mm
- Bogen 3221 tripod with ballhead
- ISO 200
- Aperture f/19
- Shutter 1/8 sec.
- Two images were focus-stacked, using Helicon Focus software