Ladies’ Tresses

I hiked around Snowball Hill Prairie yesterday morning and found quite a few neat things. In today’s post, I’m featuring a focus-stacked image (combining 9 individual images) of a Ladies’ Tresses wildflower (Spiranthes cernua), a member of the Orchid family. I actually saw 14 of these small beauties (they grow to about 14″ to 18″ high). They can be difficult to spot as they are often covered by taller prairie foliage.

After picking out the best looking plant, I settled in and captured 9 images and varying the point of focus, from front to back, of the entire plant. Later, I combined these 9 images using Helicon Focus software. Here is the resulting image:

Ladie's Tresses wildflowers

Over the next few posts, I’ll feature some more interesting finds during my morning hike.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 Tripod with ballhead
  • ISO 500
  • Aperture f/11
  • Shutter 1/5 sec.
  • Image prepared by combining 9 individual images, of varying point of focus, using Helicon Focus software



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