Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Sunflower Disk Florets

This is the first image I made with the StackShot by Cognisys. StackShot is a macro focusing rail that is motorized and computerized. Its extremely well build and is surprisingly very easy to use.

Here is the setup used to make the shot above. I took 12 images and stacked them using Helicon Focus. The StackShot was used in manual mode (it can be set up to automatically trigger your camera, but I didn't have the cable). This was taken with the Canon MP-E at 5x magnification, so the step was set to 0.2mm on the StackShot (which seemed adequate at f/8).

One of the challenges with extreme macro photography is getting an interesting composition. I'm not completely happy with this image, but its a good start.

Technical Specs: Canon 1Ds3, 65mm MP-E, f/8, 1/250s, ISO 100. Strobe fired. Stack of 12 images.

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