Delicate Enough

Delicate Enough

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Delicate Enough - Before and After - 3-shot macro photo - created using focus stacking in Photoshop

Delicate Enough – Before and After (click to enlarge – open in new tab to see in full size)

This is my latest macro shot. Over the last few weeks, I have been spending my time doing a lot of stuff that did not have too much to do with taking or editing photos. It did have to do with photography, but just not with the creative part of it. Anyway, yesterday, I got fed up with this stuff and I started messing around with my macro gear. The sun just went down and I found this tiny foilage with those delicate little hairs. I figured that this would look great against the sun. So, I got out my little syringe, applied a few droplets and took a whole bunch of shots with the sun in different spots relative to the foliage.

Dynamic Before-and-After: Delicate Enough - Slide back and forth between the original exposure and the focus-stacked and post-processed final image

Dynamic Before-and-After: Delicate Enough – Slide back and forth between the original exposure and the focus-stacked and post-processed final image

Initailly, I went with an aperture of f/20 to f/25 to get all of the leaves in focus. But that brought parts of the background too much into focus too. So, I went with f/8 which blurred the background entirely, and I took different shots with different foci. Then I used focus stacking in Photoshop to blend those images together. Et Voilá, subject in focus, background blurred.

And here is the lesson for you: Always know what you can do to an image in post-processing while you are shooting. This may help you solve problems and lets you create images that may be very difficult to create otherwise.

How it was shot

How it was post-processed

  • Post-processing was done in Photoshop
  • Topaz DeNoise
  • Topaz Infocus for sharpening
  • Topaz Details for bringing out the details in the petals and some basic color correction
  • Saturation adjustent layer (master)
  • Vibrance layer (vibrance)
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18 Comments on "Delicate Enough"


Guest
4 years 6 months ago

Really stunning work, Klaus. Thanks for sharing and I think backlighting is the best for photography.

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

Wow, the water droplets are amazing! They look so perfect they seem almost unreal (not suggesting they’re not).

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

A remarkably great macro image, very nicely done!

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Kirk
4 years 6 months ago

Wonderful work Klaus. Maybe you might enlighten us with your focus stacking process? I’ve read about it, but you have a way of explaining techniques that make them more understandable.

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

Excellent work, beautiful result. Yes I agree with your comment about being aware of what you can do in PP. I use Zerene Stacker for my stacked macros.

Thank you Klaus for all your generosity in sharing your methods you have helped and enriched my work immensely.