Focus stacking is fun to do – but to do it really well needs a bit more refinement than I am providing here. I used my 100mm f2.8 Tokina macro lens and shot 24 images. I made the final stack in PS6 as Zerene messed up a bit – not because it couldn’t do the trick, but I shot the flowers outside, where a very light breeze moved the flower now and again. The result was that parts of the flower are a bit blury, as can be seen in the lower left side and bottom of the image.
Macro photography provides an intimate look at the world around us. Personally, I don’t like bugs and such blown up to a million times bigger than they really are – to me, they are far too creepy, and the stuff of nightmares! Rather, I love to see the intricate beauty of leaves and flowers.
This is a redbud leaf, measuring probably no more than 2 inches long. Using a total of 23 exposures, shot at iso 100, f/5.6, 1/4 s, I combined them all together using Zerene. Camera is a Nikon D7000, lens is Tokina 100mm macro. Manual focus all the way through. Background is a piece of drawing paper, and lighting was what was available with the overheads.