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Jim Dockery
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With time on my hands today and perfect light in the backyard I went back out to shoot the hostas with my A7rV and new 70-200mm F/4 II.

This is a close repeat of a shot I posted yesterday. This time I did a manual set of focus brackets on the central leaf, then shot one at F/4 to soften the background. The processing took much more time than the shooting. First I had to use Sony Imaging Edge software to combine the 16 pixel shift shots into an ARQ - not fast on my Mac Pro M1 max with 64 Gb. Then I focus stacked those in PS, saved that, and finally layered the F/4 version above the focus stack with a mask on the central leaf. With that flattened I took it into Silver FX Pro for the B&W conversion.






Another pixel shift manual focus stack.







Aug 30, 2023 at 02:58 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Hostas Pixel Shift Focus Bracket


Nice result, but I actually like the original version at least as much as these.
Cheers,
Brent



Aug 30, 2023 at 05:25 PM
Jim Dockery
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Hostas Pixel Shift Focus Bracket


Thanks Brent. When I looked close at the deeper part of that central leaf in the original single shot version done at f/9 it was a bit soft, which is why I did a bracket today.


Aug 30, 2023 at 05:39 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Hostas Pixel Shift Focus Bracket


Both are cool shots and I like them both for different reasons. Really like #2 this would look cool with a big print.

J.R.



Aug 30, 2023 at 06:28 PM
 


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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Hostas Pixel Shift Focus Bracket


Thanks J.R., wish I still had my Epson 7900, but I just didn't use it enough to justify.


Aug 31, 2023 at 05:20 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Hostas Pixel Shift Focus Bracket


I agree with both Brent and JR Jim.
But #2 is tremendous! The textures, the detail......dead on!
Dan



Aug 31, 2023 at 10:06 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Hostas Pixel Shift Focus Bracket


Beautiful work you did here Jim, great detail on the leave and perfect exposure.

Marcelo



Sep 02, 2023 at 12:58 PM







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