So I experimented with focus stacking today… As you can see, it didn’t work out very well.
This is 18 shots, auto-blended in CS6. It lost the four shots that captured the back 1/4 of the tiny rock, but I don’t mind that much.
What I do mind is missing the focus increments, and the way photoshop skips around in its auto blending, and the fact that the wood floor has a tiny bit of give to it that causes the framing to shift ever so slightly whenever I move in my chair. But I do kinda like some of the things that are going on here.
If at first (or second, or third, or hundredth) you don’t succeed… and all that.
In other news, my social anxiety is in full effect. I’m about to take 4 pictures to a bar in Fort Worth for a one-night art show. I’m excited to show some pictures personally, but I’m deeply anxious about being around a bunch of people and a bunch of loud music all night. If I could drink a few beers, that would help, but I don’t drink. If I could just hang the stuff and leave, that would help too. But I think I pretty much have to stay as long as my pictures are up.
Wish me luck.
D7000. Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 ai, reversed, on ~50mm extension. 18 pictures shot at ISO400, 2 seconds (Ap mode), f/4 (I would’ve gone with a smaller aperture, but I start getting flare at f/5.6). Levels corrected and focus-blended in Photoshop.