Mish’s Garden: Yellow Tiger Lilies and Bee Balm Reflections – Working With Helicon Focus

Tiger Lilies put on a long show in July and early August in my garden every year. They are not deer resistant. If I did not spray these flowers, I would not have any.

I made these images following an afternoon rain. For this type of image to work, you need deal calm and I do mean dead calm, not just for a second but for minutes.

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.

That’s a blend of 10 different images, each focused on a different rain drop or portion of the stem. Even with the varying focus spots the background is out of focus. That adds to the image, I wanted the key elements to be in focus and the rest not.

Focus Stacking

All of these images are focus-stacked.

I used Helicon Focus to blend them.

For comparison purposes, here is one of the frames, un-stacked.

Single Image – Not Focus Stacked 

The detail on the leaf at the right is missing and only one of the drops is in focus. Helicon focus did superb on this set, better and faster than I could do myself. For that I can thank the calm wind.

Here is a another focus-stacked image.

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 links number 2 and 6 below for a focus-stacked Green Tree Frog and focus-stacked coneflowers.

More Mish Garden Images

  1. Mish’s Garden Springtime: Bleeding Hearts, Tulips, Daffodils
  2. Mish’s Garden: Green Tree Frog on Bromeliad
  3. Mish’s Garden: Alliums and Iris Early Summer
  4. Mish’s Garden: Roses and Clematis Blooms
  5. Mish’s Garden: Columbines
  6. Mish’s Garden: Purple Prairie Coneflowers – Working With Helicon Focus

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Mish’s Garden: Columbines

Columbines are one of my favorite flowers. Unfortunately, the new hybrids tend to revert colors or die out over time.

Feature Image Details

Canon 100MM Macro F 2.8 Lens at perhaps 1/4 life size.

This is a fixed focal length macro lens. It’s an excellent lens for butterflies and small insects.

Columbines and White Oak Tree

Columbines and Japanese Forest Grass 

More Mish Garden Images

  1. Mish’s Garden Springtime: Bleeding Hearts, Tulips, Daffodils
  2. Mish’s Garden: Green Tree Frog on Bromeliad
  3. Mish’s Garden: Alliums and Iris Early Summer
  4. Mish’s Garden: Roses and Clematis Blooms

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Mish’s Garden: Alliums and Iris Early Summer

Those with a deer problem may wish to consider deer-resistant plants. At the top of the list are Alliums, Daffodils, Bleeding Hearts, ferns, and Iris.

Feature Image Details

Canon 24-105MM F4 L Lens for 1/6th of a second, F20 at ISO 125

Those are Siberian Iris in the foreground and purple-on-purple Bearded Iris further back. The round globes are Globemaster alliums.

Alliums are in the garlic family. Deer will not touch them.

Alliums and Iris will come back every year provided conditions are not too wet.

Bearded Iris and Globemasters

Purple Sensation Alliums

Purple Sensation Alliums

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Mish’s Garden Springtime: Bleeding Hearts, Tulips, Daffodils

Here are some garden images that I took over the years. I have accumulated many images, and these are early ones.

Angelique Tulips and Bleeding Hearts 

 

Bleeding Hearts and Golden Ducat Daffodils

The two images are this page were taken when I was still using film. I do not have the details but I believe I was using something like a 28-70 zoom lens on the tulip shot and a 100 mm macro lens on the daffodil image.

Normally I like everything sharp, but in these images I used open apertures to throw the backgrounds out of focus.

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