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  #224 Uncommon View of the Very Common
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Silver Bird (?)       ©2019 aoc46
Panasonic DMC-ZS60       6th place, 78 points
1/320s, f3.3, ISO 1600, 29mm, Aperture Priority, Pattern, ?
 
Post-Processing: 20 image focus stack combined in Helicon Focus. Crop. Minor retouching to dust specks, etc. Smoothing and color adjustment to background. Vignette, Resize, sharpen.       Extra Info: A sugar spoon, actually.

Bowl is about 3.5 cm/1,4 in. wide. Shot as a 20 image focus stack.
 
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babysister
12 days ago
    A most unusual effect. Well done.

Lo
12 days ago
    Simply beautiful. Very creative and expertly photographed to convey the title.

Old Finn
12 days ago
    Good picture. In my favorites.

aoc46
13 days ago
    SteveBee -

Your recommendations all are quite appropriate, but I was using what might be called "lazy man's focus stacking," taking advantage of the PostFocus feature in my new GX9. This produces a short 4K .mp4 file, with each frame focused at a different depth. I then dropped the .mp4 into Helicon Focus software, which merges the sharp areas of each frame. You can cherry-pick the individual frames if you want, but that's often not necessary. (The GX9 also can do in-camera focus stacking, but using the external software allows better control.)

The camera, with a 10x close-up lens attached, was sitting on a tabletop next to the spoon and construction-paper backdrop, which were slightly elevated to position them relative to the lens. Lighting was room light, supplemented by a small LED desk lamp.

The camera was set on Auto ISO. The "noise" you see in the background actually is from the texture of the paper. You could actually see the fibers initially, so I added some Gaussian blur in post.

SteveBee
14 days ago
    It's very nicely done. I just wonder why the high ISO, short exposure, low f-number were chosen. I assume this was shot under low light and that a tripod or equivalent was used since you intended to focus stack. Why not use longer exposure, lower ISO, and higher f-number to minimize noise, increase DOF, and reduce number of images needed for focus stacking.

Maike13
14 days ago
    Excellent use of photo stacking. Perfect for the theme too.

breadmaker
14 days ago
    Simple yet very effective. Fits the challenge well and one of my favourites

ysal
15 days ago
    Wonderful colors and lighting, and a great eye to see the "bird".

jomari
16 days ago
    And what an elegant bird it is!
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