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Hi all,

OK, I think I have sorted out the problems I was having with stacking images. The photo below is of an immature drumming katydid (Meconema thalassinum) that I posted on my blog last night. It is compiled from a stack of 41 images. Its head was no more that 2 or 3 mm across. What do you think?

Now it is time to move on to some other subjects. I especially want to spend more time photographing aquatic insects...so I should be posting pictures of more "wet" critters soon...

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EC
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katydid face copyright Ernie Cooper 2012 sm for post by ernie.cooper, on Flickr
 

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Why did you need 41 layers?
 

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layering photos of different ISO values allows one to capture a 'whole' image
Actually the ISO is the same for each picture, but the focus is slightly different. When photographing at high magnification you have very little depth of field. By combining a lot of images you can create a photo with everything in focus...something you couldn't achieve with a single picture.

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layering photos of different ISO values allows one to capture a 'whole' image
That's a new one on me.

EWTC how long did it take to shoot all 41 shots? Better yet how did you get it to stay there for 41 shots?

I am of course assuming you used PhotoShop. Which version?

I'd love to see the layered file.
 

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Actually the ISO is the same for each picture, but the focus is slightly different. When photographing at high magnification you have very little depth of field. By combining a lot of images you can create a photo with everything in focus...something you couldn't achieve with a single picture.
Nice trick. Now to find a bug that will stand still for all of that. I'll have to play with that.
 

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my apologies, my girlfriend is the photographer! i sat through her layering and stacking landscapes and various other shots, to bring out various details lost with high/low ISO values.

I assumed it was the same principal, but the depth of field makes sense. thanks for the clarification :D
 

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Yeah but 90% of the HDR I see looks like crap. People tend to overdo it. Done correctly it's great.
 

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I found a stunned dragon fly on the ground. I posed it onto a leaf.
My version of photoshop doesn't have focus stack so I did it by hand.

I didn't use a tripod so it made things a bit difficult.
 

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