Purple prairie coneflowers are very hardy and mostly deer resistant.
They put on a long show in July in my garden every year.
Feature Image Details
For this set of images I used a my Canon 100MM Macro F 2.8 Lens at perhaps 1/4 life size. Meta data does not capture that information so I cannot say precisely.
This is a fixed focal length macro lens. It’s an excellent lens for butterflies and small insects.
All of these images are focus-stacked.
I took 12 shots in the composite above. Instead of blending manually, I used Helicon Focus to blend them.
For comparison purposes, here is one of the frames, un-stacked.
Single Image – Not Focus Stacked
The above image was one of the many used in the preceding focus-stacked image. I blurred the background a bit in the final focus-stacked image to make the seed head stand out.
Depth of Field
Depth of field on close-up images is extremely shallow. The only way to get a completely sharp image is to focus stack.
Helicon Focus works best with stationary objects. Mountains don’t move but flowers do.
I took this set of images on a very calm day with little wind.
See image number 2 below of the Green Tree Frog for another example of focus stacking.
More Mish Garden Images
- Mish’s Garden Springtime: Bleeding Hearts, Tulips, Daffodils
- Mish’s Garden: Green Tree Frog on Bromeliad
- Mish’s Garden: Alliums and Iris Early Summer
- Mish’s Garden: Roses and Clematis Blooms
- Mish’s Garden: Columbines
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