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Archive for January 10th, 2009


Christmas Balls (Helicon Focus)
Originally uploaded by bmthomas

Setup: I used a green geled Metz 48 behind and below the table at 1/4 power bounced off of a black background. I have a SB800 on a stand through a white umbrella camera left at 1/10 power. The gold ball is much more reflective than the red and green. I had a gold reflector on the right. Flashes triggered via Nikon CLS.

Christmas Balls Setup

So the challenge with this shot it that I could focus on the gold ball but the red and green balls were out of focus due to the limited depth of field.

Christmas Balls

or I could focus on the green ball but the gold and red balls were out of focus. This was probably the best of the three images.

Christmas Balls-2

Finally I could focus on the red ball but the gold and green balls were out of focus.

Christmas Balls-3

During a recent photo contest at the Bowie-Crofton Camera Club, the Judge Tony Sweet suggested that I could have used a program called Helicon Focus to put together a series of photos each one taken focusing on a a different part of the scene to create a final image that had greater depth of field.

So I downloaded a trial of Helicon Focus to put these three photographs together and create the final image which shows all three Christmas balls in focus.

Of course you need to shoot each shot from a tripod and manually focus. I was a little curious how Helicon would handle my hand held reflector on the right. Looks like it did a good job.

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Lotus Pod

Originally uploaded by bmthomas

I entered this in the Bowie-Crofton Camera Club Advanced Color Print Flower Competition on 1/5/2009 but did not place. The competition was stiff. Not only are flowers a popular subject but the judge was Tony Sweet.

The judge said I should have used Helicon Focus. Helicon Focus is a program that combines multiple photographs each taken focusing on a different part of the scene together to create a final image with a better depth of field. Of course to do this you would have to shoot on a tripod and manually focus.

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Christmas Ball

Originally uploaded by bmthomas

I used a green geled Metz 48 behind and below the table at 1/4 power bounced off of a black background. I have a SB800 on a stand through a white umbrella camera left at 1/6.4 power. I had a gold reflector on the right. Flashes triggered via Nikon CLS.

Christmas Balls Setup

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Berkut Vodka
Originally uploaded by bmthomas

Setup: I used a blue geled Metz 48 behind and below the table at 1/4 power bounced off of a black background with white on either side. I have a SB800 on a stand through a white umbrella camera left at 1/10 power. I had a silver reflector on the right. I set the bottle and glass on a sheet of glass on a black cloth. I set thee camera to tungsten for a really blue shot. The bottle and glass were sprayed with water. Flashes triggered via Nikon CLS.

Berkut Vodka Setup

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