More Signs of Spring

After the recent snowfall, I also found some early, woodland wildflowers growing around my rural property. The Virginia Bluebells had some small buds, still being covered by the leaves, trying to poke out:

Virginia Bluebells

Virginia Bluebells

I then set up my camera on a tripod to capture some images for Focus-stacking:

Virginia Bluebells

This focus-stacked image was made by capturing 15 individual images, varying the point of focus in each image. Then I combined the 15 images into one image, using Helicon Focus software. The result, a nice image with nearly the entire plant in focus, while maintaining an out-of-focus background.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark III body
  • Canon 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Top 2 images are Hand-held; Focus stacked image uses Bogen 3221 tripod with ballhead
  • ISO 500 (Focus-stacked image ISO 200)
  • Aperture: Top image f/11; Middle image f/16; Focus-stacked image f/3.5
  • Shutter: Top image 1/20 sec.; Middle image 1/10 sec.; Focus-stacked 1/320 sec.



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