Perspectives Letter 4 - Stacked Blossoms

April 08, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Dear Friends,
  I have been watching our apple tree closely, following the buds as they expand and open.  The macro lens (Nikon 60 mm, f 2.8) does a terrific job of letting us in very close.  The closer we get, however, the smaller the depth of field.  In other words, one small slice of a blossom would be in focus and everything else blurred.  Sometimes this looks nice, but it gets boring.  There is a solution to narrow depth of field, and it is called “focus stacking”.  Using Photoshop, I can blend several images focused at different depths and create one image in which most of the blossom is in focus.

photo: apple blossoms not quite openFocus on Blooming

Here is my stacked image of the blossom shortly before opening. For use as a desktop background image, choose the size that best fits your monitor:

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1280x1024 pixels

1680x1050 pixels

You may need to go to my SmugMug gallery to get the 1680 resolution image.

Both of these images are in my Small Worlds gallery on my orders site.  Purchase these images there as prints, standouts, T-shirts and coffee mugs.

 

The blossoms have opened!  This is my current desktop image.

1024x768 pixels

1280x1024 pixels

1680x1050 pixels

Or go to the SmugMug gallery. Clicking the photos may work, also.

apple blossomsFocus on Blooming 2

 

Hurray for Spring!

Love to all,

Scott

 


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