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Dandelion seed

Discussion in 'Nature' started by Iansky, May 19, 2013.

  1. Iansky

    Iansky Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    The Cotswolds, UK
    Out today with the OMD+100-300 and did not find the damsel flies I wanted so ended up taking this image of the seed ready to fly on the breeze.

    Dandelion_seed_.
     
  2. christofp

    christofp Mu-43 Regular

    135
    Jul 21, 2012
    Hello Iansky,

    like your photo very much, especially the light you catched. I love the warm tone in the middle.

    This little flower is not easy, I took two photos with the same subject this week:

    • one attempt was with strong backlight, not so easy to let it shine
    • and one searching for max sharpness doing focus stacking (8 shots ...)

    Hope you like this too ...
     

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  3. Iansky

    Iansky Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    The Cotswolds, UK
    Wow, the focus stacking has certainly worked on the second image but I am surprised it has come out so well due to the flimsiness of these that any slight breeze can set off a seed run.

    Out of interest, how many images did you take for this stacking?
     
  4. christofp

    christofp Mu-43 Regular

    135
    Jul 21, 2012
    Stacking ...

    Thanks for asking. Yes it worked much better than expected with only 8 shots. I used the touch screen and pointed to the individual focus areas.

    Here is one of the input pictures, astonishing how much clarity the stacking process added (yes, I confess it's also sharpened but 90% of the sharpness+contrast comes from stacking with CombineZ):
     

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  5. bluzcity

    bluzcity Mu-43 Veteran

    361
    Jul 17, 2012
    Memphis, TN
    Brent
    Iansky I like your picture. You captured the softness which is central to me. Well done.
     
  6. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    +1 - I like the softness around the seed mass, it just says, "dandelion" to me. :thumbup:
     
  7. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
    Ehud
    Two of mine shot with the legacy OM50 F/1.8 mounted on Teleplus 2X MC7 Macro converter.

    The first with closed apperture

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ehudlavon/8539579164/" title="Dandelion #2 by Ehud Lavon, on Flickr"> 8539579164_1c13834d42_b. "1024" height="1024" alt="Dandelion #2"></a>

    The second with open aperture

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ehudlavon/8549036503/" title="Dandelion #3 by Ehud Lavon, on Flickr"> 8549036503_dc1d9cc185_b. "1024" height="768" alt="Dandelion #3"></a>
     
  8. Iansky

    Iansky Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    The Cotswolds, UK
    Thanks all, there was a very slight breeze and using the Pany 100-300 I had to ensure I kept the main head as large as possible yet did not lose anything with it moving gently.

    The 100-300 when used at maximum focal length (as in this case) does tend to render images that have that slightly soft yet detailed feel (a little like the Imagon lenses) and that appeals to me.

    I noticed it first when I shot the tulips in a bottle and it has a sort of ethereal feel to it.

    Tulips3.
     
  9. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Keith
    I love your shot, Ian. :thumbup: I also love the focus stacked version, Christof. It's just hard to believe that these two images are of the same thing. The focus stacked flower looks like something completely alien.

    Here's a similar shot I captured recently:

    2013-05-08_ReadyToBlow_1024.

    Ready to Blow | Olympus E-P3 + Olympus ZD 50mm f/2 macro
     
  10. Iansky

    Iansky Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    The Cotswolds, UK
    It is great to see the different interpretations / methods employed when shooting the same subject and that is one of the things that makes this site so good.
     
  11. aragorn1980

    aragorn1980 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    698
    Aug 10, 2012
    Athens Greece
    Takis
    You caught a very good amount of detail in your photo! Very nice!
     
  12. mpresley

    mpresley Mu-43 Regular

    175
    Sep 13, 2012
    Wolfe City, TX
    Michael
    The focus stack version is really nice - I've played with that process but never outside.

    Here's my take on this:

    8642977500_09a1372c47_b.
    Untitled by Michael Presley, on Flickr

    PL5 and Rokinon 7.5
     
  13. christofp

    christofp Mu-43 Regular

    135
    Jul 21, 2012
    Cool, I would guess this was really a close close-up. And I like the bokeh too, before I got the Samyang, I thought it would not have any bokeh.

    Never tried a dandelion with the fisheye (yet) ...
     
  14. rhoydotp

    rhoydotp Mu-43 Top Veteran

    609
    Aug 5, 2012
    Toronto, Ont
    rpamparo
  15. mpresley

    mpresley Mu-43 Regular

    175
    Sep 13, 2012
    Wolfe City, TX
    Michael
    Thanks, yes I'm pretty close, the camera is sitting pretty much directly below the head of the dandelion (2 or 3 inches) the tilting screen on the PL5 was a big help.
     
  16. Danny_SWE

    Danny_SWE Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 30, 2013
    Sweden (Gothenburg)
  17. rhoydotp

    rhoydotp Mu-43 Top Veteran

    609
    Aug 5, 2012
    Toronto, Ont
    rpamparo
    that's beautiful Danny!
     
  18. Danny_SWE

    Danny_SWE Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 30, 2013
    Sweden (Gothenburg)
    thanks!
     
  19. lightning

    lightning Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 29, 2012
    Kerava, Finland
  20. thelaxong

    thelaxong Mu-43 user

    791
    Jan 13, 2011
    Melbourne - Australia
    caught one of the dandelion floret the other day

    dandelion-1.