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Stacked from raws using Photoshop. E-M1 with 60/2.8.

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Fruits of Autumn by Paul Kaye, on Flickr
Really wonderful! Love how the apple and branch are in complete focus while the background just blurs away. Really great example of focus stacking!

Here’s one of mine – I didn’t quite get the front edge of the leaf in focus, but after trying for five minutes, my knees hurt and I gave up :) In-camera stacking with the EM1+12-40Pro.

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Great idea for a thread.

I've started playing with in-camera focus stacking with my recently acquired 12-40PRO. Here are a couple of images which I had posted in other threads:
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GX80 with Olympus 60mm processed in camera.
 

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Really wonderful! Love how the apple and branch are in complete focus while the background just blurs away. Really great example of focus stacking!

Here’s one of mine – I didn’t quite get the front edge of the leaf in focus, but after trying for five minutes, my knees hurt and I gave up :) In-camera stacking with the EM1+12-40Pro.

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Great thread and picture!
If you couldn't get the front edge in focus, maybe you where to close?
I quite like how the forward edge of the leaf comes into focus as it gets further away.
 
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I love the redheaded Aphid....80 shots stacked in photoshop
 

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I have very mixed, complicated feelings about stacking... but then I probably enjoy images with razor thin slices of focal plane more than "normal" folks. Seeing as how people seem to like lots of in-focus area, and finding that the Oly 12/2 reversed on the front of an old OM Zuiko 135mm does a passable ~10:1, I stacked these up in Zerene... 6 shots taken by nudging the lens along the surface it was resting on... can you believe that thing even writes?! o_O
 
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Here is a 15 image test focus stack I was demonstrating to a camera club

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Any special tricks in how you processed the image?
What is the approx depth of the focus area?
15 images at what aperture, focal length, and step value??
Not for this one unfortunately. This was a test setup I was using for a macro/close-up presentation a few years back. Using one of my Nikon bodies with 105mm macro lens and CamRanger to create the stack all controlled remotely via a computer.

I put up a post a day or two back showing what I used to do in the field

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Are in camera "post focus" stack images fair game for this thread?
I don't see why not

FYI, I merged 4 very similar threads together.
Thank you, very much appreciated!

A couple more from me

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A couple more

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Those are beautiful Richard.
Worth the leeches and snake bites.
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This is one of my best, oddly, I just plonked myself down on the ground and held the camera with one hand, and turned the focus ring with the other, taking about ten pics as I went. Later when I merged them in the computer, I was amazed I got such a good pic!
I have the 45 and the 60 macro. So far, I think the 45 makes the best photos. This autumn I will test them both, and make a decision which to keep.
 
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Great shot @Bushboy

I use the shorter focal length macros on larger subjects, particularly if photographing at night, e.g. Ghost Fungi, and the longer focal lengths for the smaller subjects and/or the harder to reach subjects. Although I do focus stacks of ghost fungi in the daytime, as yet I'm still to do one at night. With the exposures around 3~4 mins the sensors tend to heat up when taking multiple exposures at these duration's.

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10 image focus stack of a Flying Duck Orchid

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7 image focus stack of a Ghost Fungi

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Ghost fungi at night

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Great shot @Bushboy

I use the shorter focal length macros on larger subjects, particularly if photographing at night, e.g. Ghost Fungi, and the longer focal lengths for the smaller subjects and/or the harder to reach subjects. Although I do focus stacks of ghost fungi in the daytime, as yet I'm still to do one at night. With the exposures around 3~4 mins the sensors tend to heat up when taking multiple exposures at these duration's.

To bring this post back on topic

10 image focus stack of a Flying Duck Orchid

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7 image focus stack of a Ghost Fungi

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Ghost fungi at night

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How did you light that last Ghost Fungi image? Wow!
 
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