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a couple of red and yellow
« on: November 06, 2014, 10:40:28 PM »
We were peacefully practicing shooting streams a few weekends back when this fellow and his lady friend came to see us.  We always carry wild birdseed in the boot of the car so were able to provide lunch and a photoshoot oppurtunity for the camera club folk who were with us.  Shot in the wild although the birds appeared as though some-one around fed them regularly.



This is a 10 shot stack in Photoshop from yesterday.  This flowers once a year



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Re: a couple of red and yellow
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2014, 09:28:35 PM »
Cool!

Love the macro in particular... very nicely done.
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Re: a couple of red and yellow
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2014, 09:41:53 PM »
The first one is a nice portrait with beautiful eye. Brownish background fits for red. I'm liking it. :-)

The second one is a nice stack but orientation feels too random/uncomposed. This one I'm not liking as much, but maybe it's more of an experiment with focus stacking than 'artistic statement'. Seeing you have stacked this in photoshop, I must ask how one does it? I've used Helicon software for stacking and while it's very very easy to use, I feel photoshop might be more laboursome.

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Re: a couple of red and yellow
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2014, 03:50:29 AM »
Thanks for the comments guys.

the stack I posted is one of half a dozen taken.  I was not overly happy with any of them and had a few more goes the next day.  I agree with the comment on composition and got out the nail scissors for the second go and took off a couple of the stamens.
Apart from the clutter, when you stack, having one element in front of another can lead to artifacts which are not easy to deal with.

As to the technique- I have used Combine ZP (free), Zerene stacker and  Photoshop.  I have not tried Helicon but am aware of it.
Since CS6 and the cloud- my first choice these days is Photoshop as I can stack raw files and I only shoot raw.
Steps for Toni-
In Bridge select your images to stack then
TOOLS>PHOTOSHOP>LOAD FILES TO PHOTOSHOP LAYERS
Then after they all load to Photoshop, select them all then
EDIT>AUTO ALIGN PHOTOSHOP LAYERS
then EDIT>AUTO BLEND PHOTOSHOP LAYERS

And you are done- except for the tidying up.  The techie bit is easier than the artistic bit !!!!!! ....john
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Re: a couple of red and yellow
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2014, 07:28:52 AM »
Great set John, very sharp me too prefer the first one. I am thinking also to do something similar just one colour

For example (RED) :) or we can have it in the monthly challenge :D
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Re: a couple of red and yellow
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2014, 09:38:15 PM »
As to the technique- I have used Combine ZP (free), Zerene stacker and  Photoshop.  I have not tried Helicon but am aware of it.
Since CS6 and the cloud- my first choice these days is Photoshop as I can stack raw files and I only shoot raw.
Steps for Toni-
In Bridge select your images to stack then
TOOLS>PHOTOSHOP>LOAD FILES TO PHOTOSHOP LAYERS
Then after they all load to Photoshop, select them all then
EDIT>AUTO ALIGN PHOTOSHOP LAYERS
then EDIT>AUTO BLEND PHOTOSHOP LAYERS
That looks easy. Looks like I invested to Helicon for no reason! Seriously, it's also a great little software, but as far as I know one needs to use 16 bit tiffs not to loose raw versatility..

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