Focus on A Birthday Gift!

Gaillardia detail

Gaillardia detail

This supermacro photo of the center of a Gaillardia flower is a birthday gift for Tuna.  She is the queen of small things and has taught me to appreciate objects like the tiny Epimedium flowers that my aged eyes might otherwise have missed.  Indeed I’ve found whole new worlds of beauty within the objects that I might otherwise pass by.  Included with the gift of this photo is the software that I used to create it.  Or at least the recommendation that Tuna should cash the check that we are sending and consider using it to purchase the Helicon Focus software that lets you combine pictures taken at different planes of focus in order to create a picture with extremely sharp focus over the whole image.  This is particularly useful for macro photography but also applies to landscape photography when you want to maintain both near and far objects in focus.  The company makes a complete working version of the software available for 30 days.

Other samples of my experimentations on Macros using this approach are shown below:

Stamens and Pistil on a Stella D'Oro Daylily

Stamens and Pistil on a Stella D'Oro Daylily

Tiny spider with fly on Snapdragon

Tiny spider with fly on Snapdragon

Snapdragon center

Snapdragon center

Happy Birthday Tuna!

2 comments on “Focus on A Birthday Gift!

  1. Noelle (azplantlady)

    Hello John. What beautiful photos! I love snapdragons and always wanted to see more closely into their center. I have been considering buying a macro-lens for my camera – now I know that I have too!

    1. jw

      I was able to get pretty good closeups with my old Canon S2 point and shoot, but it wasn’t until I went to a Canon SLR with a dedicated Macro lens that I was able to really nail some of the images I was looking at. A tripod helps too!