Unfurled and Showing Off

A few days ago, I shared some images of False Rue Anemone (Isopyrum biternatum) wildflowers that are growing on a nearby, rural Cass County woodland. At that time, the flowers were still “rolled-up” and just waiting to “pop” (here is link to those images: “First MO Wildflower of 2015”). Yesterday morning, I checked out the woodland again, to see what changes were taking place on the woodland. Most of the False Rue Anemone and fully-opened and were beautiful little white flowers among the leaf litter of the woods. Here are a couple of focus-stacked images I captured of these spring wildflowers:

False Rue Anemone wildflower

False Rue Anemone wildflower

As I mentioned above, these are “focus-stacked” images, made by combining multiple images together (each image focused on a different plane of the plant) into one image. This is an ideal way to photograph an entire plant in sharp focus, without making the background in focus, too. Here are the photographic conditions/settings used:

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with Giottos ballhead
  • ISO 800 (all images … shot at high ISO due to windy conditions)
  • Aperture f/3.5 (all images)
  • Shutter 1/1000 sec. (top image) and 1/800 sec. (bottom image)
  • Both images made by combining images, a technique known as “focus-stacking”; top image made by combining 11 images and bottom image made by combining 15 images, focus-stacking made via Helicon Focus software



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