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Focus stacking is showing the tiny details of an anemone.

Focus stacking is showing the tiny details of an anemone.
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Kim-mareeJenke
 
Kim-mareeJenke April 21, 2016
I only have one word for this image.....WOW!!
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johannesoehl May 23, 2016
thank you very much!
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barbaramillesrobinson May 20, 2016
Fantastic macro! Voted Image of the Month. Good Luck!
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johannesoehl May 23, 2016
thank you very much!
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catherinethompson June 13, 2016
Fabulous. Just beautiful.
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johannesoehl June 13, 2016
I thank you a million, Catherine
SettingSky
 
SettingSky August 27, 2016
Gorgeous photography!
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johannesoehl September 08, 2016
thank you!!!
Debrazig
 
Debrazig September 08, 2016
Wow! Simply amazing!
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johannesoehl September 09, 2016
Thank you so much, Debrazig
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots October 04, 2016
Gorgeous! Congrats.
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johannesoehl October 06, 2016
Thx a lot!!!
stevenj46
 
stevenj46 October 26, 2016
Fantastic photograph, the color pops.
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johannesoehl October 27, 2016
Thank you very much. There are more of this series in my gallery.
tomquinn
 
tomquinn November 21, 2016
I'm not big on macro for macro's sake...but I love this. Great color, lighting.....art.
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johannesoehl November 21, 2016
Thank you very much for the kind words. It's one of my personal favorites photos
tonuaa
 
tonuaa December 27, 2016
Just AWESOME!!!!
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johannesoehl May 05, 2017
thank you very much!
kevinsutton
 
kevinsutton April 13, 2017
Very nice pic
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johannesoehl May 05, 2017
thank you very much!!!
FredBlundell
 
FredBlundell May 07, 2017
Superb artistry.
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johannesoehl May 25, 2017
Many thanks, Fred
JenniferLynPhotographyAZ
 
JenniferLynPhotographyAZ July 07, 2017
Beautiful! Love the different textures you were able to capture. Nicely done.
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johannesoehl July 18, 2017
I am glad, you like my work, Jenny.
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography November 01, 2017
Beautiful color / Voted
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johannesoehl November 01, 2017
Than you very much, my friend
CuriosityCaptures
 
CuriosityCaptures January 10, 2018
This is such an amazing shot!
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johannesoehl January 11, 2018
Thx for the kind words!
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Hood October 29, 2019
Stunning macro
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johannesoehl October 29, 2019
Thank you so much!
Happy_Hippy
 
Happy_Hippy October 29, 2019
beautiful shot
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johannesoehl October 29, 2019
Many thanks!

Behind The Lens

Location
I have shot this photo at home in our living room. The flower was part of a loral bouquet my wife got from me. So I used the opportunity to shoot some nice photos. This photo is part of a whole series of focus stacked pictures.
Time
It was in the late morning.
Lighting
This is an available light photo. The sun was shining in through the window. For me the perfect light.
Equipment
used my Nikon D800 with my 20 years old Nikon AF Micro 105mm/2.8. Of course I had to use a tripod (Gitzo) with a Novoflex Castel Cross focusing rack and an Arca tripod-head named D4 "FLIPLOCK".The bouquet was standing on the table. The sun was shining in, so I had no need for a flash light.
Inspiration
I have seen several focus stacked pictures of anemones here at Viewbug and on other communities. I tried to make it by my own, because I was fascinated by the processing. It was the first touch with focus stacking processing but definitely not my last one. On this specific photo I used the rule of thirds to make the photo more interesting. I have other photos of the same flower in my portfolio. Feel free to compare it with https://www.viewbug.com/photo/65151232.
Editing
Focus stacking is all about post-processing. You have to shoot a series of pictures where only a small part of the photo is sharp. This sharp section of the photo is the only part you are using later on. I used photoshop to create the several masks with the sharp section and combine it to one single photo. Actually you see here about 30 photos in one. Luckily photoshop is doing the most work automatically. So it is not a big deal to combine them. After having one single picture I was working with the areas, which were not really sharp (around the pollen). I was able to repair this sections and voilá here is the result.
In my camera bag
The equipment is not as important as to have a good eye for a scenery. I have a Nikon D800 in my bag. My lenses are: Nikon 24mm/2.8 (20 years old), Nikon 50mm/1.8 (bought together with the body), AF-S 4,5-5,6/80-400 G ED VR (together with a teleconverter TC III) and my favorite Nikon AF Micro 105mm/2.8 which is also 20 years old and produces great photos. Often I use a tripod (Gitzo with Arca tripod-head named D4 "FLIPLOCK). Flash is rarly in use. I have a Metz flash. For macros I use a focusing rack by Novoflex (Castel Cross).
Feedback
Sometimes it looks very complicated to do something new. At the end it turns out, it was quite simple. I can only encourage you to try out focus stacked photos by your own. Most of the activities is done by the software itself. The shooting takes some time. To avoid vibrations (which are causing unsharp areas later) you should wait between each shot a short while that the equipment is in complete steadiness. Also you should not touch the camera when doing the shot. Use the timer or even better a remote trigger.

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