Smooth Hawksbeard (and greenfly...)


Link Posted 12/06/2020 - 17:18
Smooth Hawksbeard is the closest I can find in Mrs. L's wildflower book, so that must be what it is. The book says it grows in "rough and waste ground", which is a pretty good description of where it is growing in the garden. The picture was taken in the kitchen, having found that the breakfast bar gives a solid base for macro photography. It's a focus stack of many (possibly too many...) images taken with K3 + Irix 150mm. I didn't notice the greenflies until doing the stacking. Had to do some careful cloning because one of the wretched things moved during the image sequence . And every greenfly found anywhere in the house over the summer is now doubtless due to me taking this photo...

Thoughts, comments etc. welcome as usual.



Link Posted 12/06/2020 - 17:25
Nicely shot Steve

" A Hangover is something that occupies the Head you neglected to use the night before".

K1 - Sigma 85mm F1.4, Pentax 150 -450 F4.5 / 5.6, Pentax FA 24 - 70 F2.8

Sigma 100-300 F4, Samyang 14mm F2.8, Sigma 70-200 F2.8,

K5iis - Sigma 17 - 70 F2.8, Sigma 70 - 300 F3.5/F5.6, Sigma 18 - 200 F3.6 / F4.5.


Link Posted 12/06/2020 - 20:21
I can really appreciate this having just started with focus stacking. Itís not as easy as you make it look.
Too Old To Die Young


Link Posted 13/06/2020 - 00:04
Thanks folks.
bforbes wrote:
Itís not as easy as you make it look.

I apply the Fundamental Rule of Photography, which is --- never show your failures .

You're right about it not being easy. I'm not far up the learning curve myself. That shot actually took hours to produce, including a couple of attempts that didn't quite work out. But once you've started, you've got to keep going, admitting defeat is not an option!!



Link Posted 13/06/2020 - 07:14
Nicely done
C&C welcome.


Link Posted 13/06/2020 - 16:31
Really nicely done Steve


Link Posted 14/06/2020 - 09:29
Thanks folks. Appreciated.



Link Posted 19/06/2020 - 18:02
Very much to my taste, sir, with wonderful detail and vivid colour. The use of the black background really nails it


Link Posted 19/06/2020 - 20:38
Lovely indeed, Steve, and your perseverence is highly commendable.
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