Bellows + Stacking


bforbes

Link Posted 21/06/2020 - 12:16
C&C please. Looking for pointers



Barrie
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PRYorkshire

Link Posted 21/06/2020 - 18:07
Very impressed. What lens did you use and how many stacks?

I've just ordered a BPM bellows and looking forward to trying it out. I was planning to use the manual focus 50mm f1.4 and see how I go on.
Paul

K1000, istD, K70

HarisF1

Link Posted 21/06/2020 - 18:39
How did you get it to keep still for so long?

bforbes

Link Posted 21/06/2020 - 18:52
PRYorkshire wrote:
Very impressed. What lens did you use and how many stacks?

I've just ordered a BPM bellows and looking forward to trying it out. I was planning to use the manual focus 50mm f1.4 and see how I go on.

The lens was a Takumar 85mm f1.8, with about 60 images stacked in Helicon Focus 7. I'm at the bottom of the learning curve here but I think you are going to have to get really close to your subject with a 50mm lens
Barrie
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davidwozhere

Link Posted 22/06/2020 - 01:58
I would go as far as a 135mm lens, but don't forget enlarger lenses like the elnikor 50mm or Amar 105mm - surprise, they are made to enlarge! You can also stick a few extension tubes on the front of the bellows to get even more magnification. That wasp head is superb so you are clearly going in the right direction!



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Lubbyman

Link Posted 22/06/2020 - 11:33
bforbes wrote:
I'm at the bottom of the learning curve here

It doesn't look like it with that shot. Well done!

You asked for C&C so a couple of little things . The background in the bottom left corner is darker than the rest and a bit distracting to me. It also emphasises a slight halo round the antenna which is presumably an artefact of the stacking. I'm not sure how to eliminate a halo other than by touching up the final picture (I wish I did!), perhaps someone who is higher up the learning curve then both of us can advise? There's also a bright sausage in the wasp's right eye, presumably a reflection. Pity it doesn't match the more subtle highlight in the other eye. But they are really picky comments on a good picture.

Keep at it, keep having fun .

Steve

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bforbes

Link Posted 22/06/2020 - 12:09
Thanks David, Paul and Steve and Haris.

Haris, it's a secret.

Steve, the dark corner and the "bright sausage" are down to lighting. It was mostly lit from above which caused some shadows, so I added another to soften them. It's the second light that shows in the eye.

I can't get my head around the halo ( pardon the pun ). It seems to occur with anything that is isolated from the main subject, like the antenna. I've also seen it with the edge of petals. The programme I'm trying for stacking, Helicon Focus 7, has three methods to choose from for stacking. Some are better than others but none totally eliminate the halo. As you say we need someone further up the curve
Barrie
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coker

Link Posted 22/06/2020 - 22:56
As far as the halos go, I've found graduated b/gs make life v. difficult to clone them out. Plain black, white or solid colour makes it much easier.....
Any insect will reflect,
Somewhere.
Try a polariser & find the best rotational position for it by temporarily using a torch where the flash head will be...you should at least be able to eliminate the worst!

Excellent start!
Great to see you joining in, good fun isn't it!

Roger.
The more I look, the more there is to see!

pschlute

Link Posted 23/06/2020 - 07:13
Incredible detail. Love his lockdown hairdo.
Peter



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alfpics

Link Posted 23/06/2020 - 10:03
Hi Barrie et al,

This guy does amazing stuff with macro along with explanations etc;
link
He is/ was a member on here (as a Pentax user) although we haven't seen him around for a while- user namenass. Hope that helps!
Andy

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bforbes

Link Posted 23/06/2020 - 11:03
Thanks Andy, an interesting read
Barrie
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bforbes

Link Posted 23/06/2020 - 11:30
pschlute wrote:
Incredible detail. Love his lockdown hairdo.

Thanks Peter. I've now learnt I should have brushed it first using a small soft paint brush
Barrie
Too Old To Die Young

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