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Bee Head

A solitary bee's head. Focus stacked in CombineZM.

 

I used a Nikon 50mm f/1.4D reverse mounted on a Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G.

 

Focus stacking is a process that merges photos of variable focus into a single image. It isn't a perfect science - especially with small objects that cover each other up (like hairs).

 

Unfortunately, my lens setup gets minimal depth of field when zoomed this far in - even at max aperture. Without focus stacking, the area in focus was simply too shallow.

 

To get a sense of scale, this bee's head was half as wide as the length of a grain of rice.

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Taken on April 6, 2008