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Daffodils 2

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Anita (West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States) on 2 April 2010 in Plant & Nature.

I'm learning to use a software called Helicon Focus, which allows one to merge several images taken with different areas in focus. Taken indoors, natural light.

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Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

This shot really is lovely, and the merging you speak of seems magical.
That Helicon Focus software looks like a great idea. I hadn't heard of it before !!
Hope you show us more !!

2 Apr 2010 5:25am

@Dulcie: Thanks, Dulcie. I'll be working on it.

Tomas Turecek from Czech Republic

Merging more photos of one subject in a macro photography is probably the only way to wider DOF. This is nice example. There are certain things one must be aware of while merging more photos. One thing which is visible also here is that you try to achieve wider DOF (several centimetres here) but one can see that the most front part of the blossom is out of focus and quite soft even though it's only couple millimetres from the part which is on focus. Therefore it might look a bit unrealistic. Nevertheless, the result is very good for a first attempt! How many photos did you merged here? I'm looking forward to seeing more from you ;)

2 Apr 2010 6:26am

@Tomas Turecek: Thanks, Tomas. Only 2 or 3. Actually, I was going for sharpness in the centers.

Miti from kerman, Iran

it's verry gooooooood....

2 Apr 2010 6:44am

@Miti: Thank you for visiting and commenting. Welcome to the supportive AM3 community.

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

One on my (long) list of favorite flowers - I think because they so much herald Spring. I like how these seem to be bursting out of the box !

2 Apr 2010 9:18am

@Ronnie 2¢: Thanks, Ronnie. I agree that the bright yellow of Daffodils is a welcome sight after a long winter!

Yvonne Simons from Tilburg, Netherlands

I love this picture Anita, very beautiful!

2 Apr 2010 9:37am

@Yvonne Simons: Thank you.

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Very good image. If the dof is the result of Helicon Focus, go on Anita. Surely it will take time and effort but it is worthwhile.

2 Apr 2010 9:40am

@António Pires: Thank you for your encouragement!

Chris from South Jersey, United States

stunning shot, and explosion of color......

2 Apr 2010 11:38am

@Chris: Thank you, Chirs.

Vert Pomme from Montreuil Sous Bois, France

Quelle luminosité. Bravo très belle photo.

2 Apr 2010 1:25pm

@Vert Pomme: Thank you!

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain

So delicated. Love colour!!!

2 Apr 2010 2:30pm

@Lalena: Thank you for visiting and commenting.

jelb from France

A beautiful picture..great lightness and saturation..bravo!

2 Apr 2010 5:16pm

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

I love daffs, but find them a challenge to photograph. These are very nice, Anita.

2 Apr 2010 6:08pm

@Larry Lefever: Thanks, Larry. They are a challenge--all that bright yellow.....

Marcie from Newton, United States

Nothing says 'spring' like daffodils. Love how they fill the frame.

3 Apr 2010 12:21am

Steve from Camdenton, United States

Spectacular shot and great use of the software! Everthing seems very smooth with a sharp focus in the centers that makes for a wonderful shot!

3 Apr 2010 6:25am

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Nice work, as usual. I really like your lighting and focus here. I have seen this program demonstrated and I think I might have to give it a try.

3 Apr 2010 2:58pm

Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

This is a beautiful compo with great details and lovely lighting. A truly superb capture of the essence of spring!

3 Apr 2010 4:33pm

Dawn from Maryland, United States

Beautiful!! Perfect picture for the holiday weekened. Love it!

3 Apr 2010 5:12pm

@Dawn: Thank you!

Jules Kenward from United States

Beautiful! I've never tried the Helicon focus software - will need to go check that out!

4 Apr 2010 2:30pm

Sue from Nashville, United States

Tony Sweet discussed Helicon Focus in the workshop I attended. I haven't tried it yet. You certainly present a nice case for giving it a try.

8 Apr 2010 1:21pm

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