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R_Mc
03/17/2016, 08:10 PM
"Icicle Acropora?"
Full Size: http://i.imgur.com/UQnigz7.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/UQnigz7h.jpg

Ora blue birdsnest - coloring back up after bleaching
Full Size: http://i.imgur.com/SJ6I8Iz.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/znpuXq0h.jpg

fabjr
03/23/2016, 12:52 AM
You just taught me something new! I had never heard of focus stacking before Thank you.

The first image looks great. The second image is nothing less than fabulous.

I have spent many years doing underwater photography and videography. That was all done with wet film all over the world. I have shot thousands of macro shots. Of course it was impossible to come close to your second shot due to depth of field limitations, not to mention subject-diver relative motion, particularly in the presence of even the slightest of currents.

I once shot a dozen rolls of 36 exposures each trying to capture small tunicates and miniature feather dusters in close-up macro. This took 6 one hour dives with a pair of cameras in frigid waters off Scotland's coast. Not a one came out great because of severe depth of focus limitations.

Had I been able to do what you have done on your FIRST attempt at this new capability, those tunicates and worms would have made the covers of the top underwater photography and diving magazines.

rickztahone
03/23/2016, 07:57 PM
Very nice. I just did a few focus stacks in a friends tank that was rather successful. The largest stack was 6 pics I believe. I'm used to doing stitch jobs more often, and the highest I have gone in that was 45 pictures with the brenizer method

jason78
03/24/2016, 07:09 PM
What program are you using to focus stack?

rickztahone
03/25/2016, 06:12 PM
What program are you using to focus stack?

I'm sure you are asking OP but I use PhotoShop which almost everyone else uses for this technique. I believe you can use GIMP as well though.

Reef Bass
03/25/2016, 07:01 PM
Lightroom also supports focus stacking.

jason78
03/26/2016, 09:39 AM
:celeb1:I'm sure you are asking OP but I use PhotoShop which almost everyone else uses for this technique. I believe you can use GIMP as well though.

You wouldn't know of a good tutorial for gimp would you?

rickztahone
03/28/2016, 07:51 PM
:celeb1:

You wouldn't know of a good tutorial for gimp would you?

Unfortunately, no. I have been using PS for quite some time and any Gimp stuff I may have done before has pretty much vacated this bad-memory brain of mine. Sorry.

coral102
04/02/2016, 08:23 PM
Eye-catching images. ;)

proenca
04/05/2016, 04:11 PM
First attempt ? That a very good start :)

keep going, that acropora shoot is actually very nice :)

snorvich
04/07/2016, 05:41 AM
Wonderful images.

lpsouth1978
04/12/2016, 02:11 PM
I am also new to photo stacking, but have had some success so far. Your second image is fantastic! You should be very proud of it. Here are 2 of my more successful attempts.

http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/aa336/lpsouth1978/Crab%20Shell%202_zpspoy6ifru.jpg (http://s1192.photobucket.com/user/lpsouth1978/media/Crab%20Shell%202_zpspoy6ifru.jpg.html)

http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/aa336/lpsouth1978/Watermelon_zpse2hgsogo.jpg (http://s1192.photobucket.com/user/lpsouth1978/media/Watermelon_zpse2hgsogo.jpg.html)