I've done focus stacking before but I never really liked the results, mainly I think it was down to me not taking my time and doing it right. So today I took my time and got exactly what I wanted.
For those who might not know what focus stacking is: Focus stacking is a method of increasing depth of field, by taking multiple shots of the same composition and moving the focus through the image on each frame, you achieve a greater depth of field than any of the original images.
For this image I took 9 shots from the front edge of the flower to around the middle with my Opteka 10X Macro Lens attached to my Nikon 35mm f/1.8G. I chose to shoot at f/11.0 to give me enough depth of field for each frame and still keep the background slightly blurred. For lighting I used a combination of ambient light coming in through the window, and my Nikon SB-700 on a low power setting just above and to the right of the flower.. I then opened each file in Photoshop CS5, Auto-Aligned them, and then Auto-Blended them into what you see above.
I'm really happy with how it came out so I think I might be trying more of these in the future. It really helps me get a little bit extra out of my Opteka 10X Macro Lens.
Nikon D7000_Nikon 35mm f/1.8G_ISO100_f/11.0_2secs_Opteka 10X Macro Lens_Nikon SB-700 Off-Camera
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