Nikon D810, 15.0 sec, f/20, 90mm, ISO 200

My wife picked up this sea grass bouquet during a trip to Charleston, SC. One rainy day I took this into my garage studio and broke out my 90mm macro lens. Because of the shallow depth of field associated with macro lenses, and the depth from front to back of the bouquet, I had to take multiple images focused on different parts of the bouquet. To control the focus points, I used my Really Right Stuff macro rail (yikes! I bought mine years ago and did not spend this much!)

During post processing I focus stacked the dozens of images into a single image. Actually, there were so many images I had to stack them into four different images, and then focus stack those four images. After focus stacking, the entire image is in sharp focus forth very back to the strands sticking out the front.

Garage Photography

Yavapi Point Sunset

On January 26, 2024, in Arizona, by admin
Yavapi Point Sunset, Grand Canyon National Park (click image to enlarge)

Nikon D810, 98mm, ISO 200, 1/20 sec, f/14.

This is a focus-stacked image from Yavapi Point in Grand Canyon National Park. It consists of four images each focused on a different part of the landscape. In this image, I focused on each of the ridge lines from front to back. In Lightroom I use the Photo -> Edit In -> Open as Layers in Photoshop command to move the four image into Photoshop. Inside Photoshop I aligned the images and then merged them into one. I then flattened the image, moved it back into Lightroom, and did some minor edits.

The sky in this image is quite boring. I could have used Photoshop’s Replace Sky feature to fix this, but I find that the foreground detail, repeated ridge lines, and shadows draw the eye away from the sky and one tends to forget the sky even exists in this image.

I do a lot of this workflow using a Loupedeck CT. The Loupedeck allows me to execute multiple commands using a single button click. As an example, instead of three mouse clicks to execute the Photo -> Edit In -> Open as Layers in Photoshop command, I do this with a single button click on my Loupedeck.

Yavapi Point: 36.066459° -112.116148°

Glenora Distillery Barrels

Glenora Distillery Barrels (click to enlarge)

Here are some oak barrels at the Glenora Distillery outside Inverness, Nova Scotia.  Glenora claims to be the first single malt whisky distillery in North America.  Not being a big scotch fan, I would not know about such things.  I am a big fan of bourbon, and the barrels Glenora uses to age their scotch come from Kentucky and once contained my beloved bourbon.

From front to back, this was a bit of a deep image.  Instead of using a small aperture to increase depth of field, I used a larger aperture for a smaller depth of field.  I took three images and focus stacked them in Photoshop to get a sharp image front to back.  Click this link for a focus stack tutorial from B&H Photo (this tutorial is for macro photography but the theory is the same used for the above image).

Glenora Distillery: N46 09 11.91 W61 19 25.90

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