Focus Stacking Update II

Stinger at the ready... Bombus vosnesenskii , the yellow-faced bumblebee.

Stinger at the ready… Bombus vosnesenskii , the yellow-faced bumblebee.

I think I have the lighting figured out now. Still some work to do on cleaning, but on the whole I think a satisfying focus stack. Pin and some dust and fibres have been removed with software. This is a 24 image stack was completed in Zerene Stacker. I let the far end of the wing fade into a blur to give it a more authentic look and used a dappled background to avoid that poster-board flatness that is found in many images. Currently working on the same bee with a 50 image stack to see how they compare.

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  1. Sean McCann 14 April, 2014 at 5:11 PM #

    Looking good!

    • Adrian 15 April, 2014 at 4:07 AM #

      You should see it full size on the monitor…crazy detail!

  2. Gary Anweiler 14 April, 2014 at 5:41 PM #

    Pretty impressive Adrian. There are likely many places where this can be used.

    • Adrian 15 April, 2014 at 4:10 AM #

      Thanks again for the specimens, Gary. This is time consuming, but seeing the detail is amazing.

  3. Sam Droege 14 April, 2014 at 6:22 PM #

    Hey Adrian

    Nice looking stack. I like the lighting, mostly you are now in the realm of personal preference.

    I might suggest adding a bit of velum to the flash head or another bounce to drop some of the reflections a smidge (personal preference) and might suggest using Camera Raw highlights slider to take down the hotspots of the yellow on T3/4 and on the head, a bit distracting in their brightness.

    Good job


    • Adrian 15 April, 2014 at 4:14 AM #

      Thanks for dropping by, Sam! I was pretty excited by the results, and didn’t pay enough attention to those elements. Thanks for the tip!

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