When I get super close up with my macro lens I get to see all the Intricate details of the world. It is amazing just going around the house finding objects I see every day that seem not that detailed, yet under my macro lens there are tiny intricate details that I have never seen before.
One of the problems when you have to get this close up is the depth of field vanishes sometimes to slices smaller than a mm. Focus stacking is one of the solutions, as long as you have the patience to shoot and then edit. Focus stacking is when you take a series of images with a different focus point and combine the images to create a wider depth of field ( have more in focus).
I am not the best at focus stacking and I will hold my hands up to that. I usually miss a shot or think that I got a shot and I didn’t. Fortunately this time I managed to get enough shots and after some hard work (or my computer doing the hard work) I created an intricate picture of a pencil.
The above picture is made up of 38 shots and only has about 4mm of the pencil in focus. I took the picture with 65mm stacked extension tube + reversed 18mm lens. I used an ikea lamp and ttl flash to light the picture. I aligned and blended via stacking in photoshop and then edited the picture in Lightroom.
What do you think of my interpretation of this week’s theme? Are there any other house hold objects you could recommend I photograph in the same way. Let me know in the comments below or just say hi if you like.
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