2023—Hot Fun in the Summertime

When it’s 105° outside and climbing, I stay inside. The recent heat wave gave me a chance to stay inside in the cool and practice focus shift shooting and focus stacking using a macro lens again. It is so simple to create images using this technique, especially using the Nikon Z9’s built in focus shift shooting capabilities. From my bouquet of flowers, I chose a yellow Gerbera daisy. After fine-tuning settings (i.e., how many images to take, how far to move the focus position for each image, and where to position the flash) I selected the floppy petal in the upper right as the closest point of focus as a starting point. What astonished me even more than the ease with which the camera creates the images as it subtly shifts the point of focus, was how fast my new Macintosh rendered 200 images into a single image, taking slightly more than a minute using HeliconFocus software. At that speed, I was able to try all three rendering options in just a few minutes to see which returned the result I preferred.

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