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  #186 Patterns in Nature
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Palm Frond       ©2017 SteveBee
Panasonic DMC-GX85       3rd place, 158 points
1/100s, f5.6, ISO 200, 90mm, Aperture Priority, Pattern, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Focused stacked multiple shots in Zerene Stacker to achieve greater DOF and masked out background in LR to isolate the frond. Decreased highlights and increased clarity.       Extra Info: I was attracted to the curly tips of these new fronds which eventually straighten out. Consider this an experiment. I used Panasonic's focus bracketing feature to take 21 shots. I stacked those with Zerene Stacker to increase the dof. The background was distracting from the main subject so I decided to mask it out. After processing I noted that I could have used slightly more dof but by then conditions were no longer suitable for reshooting. This is one of my first focus stacking efforts. It's a useful and fun technique to have in one's bag of tricks and not terribly difficult with special stacking software (I used a trial version) but it requires experimentation to determine the best settings and number of shot needed in a stack for each image. I'm sure that becomes easier with experience.gf
 
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ysal
Jun 6, 2017
    Congrats, a very creative shot!

Lo
Jun 6, 2017
    Absolutely loved this one. Congratulations.

jomari
Jun 5, 2017
    Congrats on 3rd. Nice work.

mrsawyer
Jun 5, 2017
    A fine choice. I love the lighting, DOF, focus and framing! Congrats on your high finish.
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forkcandles
Jun 5, 2017
    a beautiful result. great information

Mepo
Jun 5, 2017
    Great shot. Thanks for all the info on the stacking. I can see how it will make a lot of close up shots better.

Lo
Jun 4, 2017
    This is absolutely beautiful and my No1. The composition, detail and colour are excellent. I am curious as to what the photo would have looked like without the stacking. Is there any way you could post an original from the 21 taken to give an idea of the effect of the stacking?

kerszkavet
Jun 4, 2017
    Really striking image.

jomari
Jun 3, 2017
    The unfurling curls do make a nice pattern. I like the bright green against the black.

RobertLavker
Jun 3, 2017
    Bold image. My only quarrel is that the "patterning " is not that obvious and the suspension of the fern looks unnatural. Perhaps it is my jaundiced eye.

ysal
Jun 3, 2017
    The sharpness is amazing, you can only acheive through stacking, I'd imagine. Very interesting curls. The lighting is a bit harsh against the dark background.

davemisunas
Jun 2, 2017
    striking image and on theme... the out of focus in front and rear is a bit distracting but still in my favorites.
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