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  • Helicon Focus Stacking for Landscapes

    I've just downloaded a trial version of Helicon Focus Stacking with a view to using it to extend DOF in landscapes. Here's my first attempt, which seems encouraging even though I haven't yet got to grips with some of the adjustments in the program. Two shots used, one focused on the foreground buttercups and the second focused on the tree in the background.

    Shot One



    Shot Two



    Focus Stacked with Helicon


    Maybe you can have your cake and eat it. What do you think?
    John

    "A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there � even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity." ~ Robert Doisneau

  • #2
    Re: Helicon Focus Stacking for Landscapes

    John, you're experienced enough to know better. You're supposed to shoot FF and stop down to minimum aperture for every shot.
    It's the image that's important, not the tools used to make it.

    David M's Photoblog

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    • #3
      Re: Helicon Focus Stacking for Landscapes

      Looks promising. I tried this method with Photoshop a while back, if you remember, but that tended to also give a slight HDR effect, which this doesn't.
      Stephen

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      • #4
        Re: Helicon Focus Stacking for Landscapes

        Interesting, looks good.

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        • #5
          Re: Helicon Focus Stacking for Landscapes

          Originally posted by David M View Post
          John, you're experienced enough to know better. You're supposed to shoot FF and stop down to minimum aperture for every shot.
          Yes, no excuses - that's why my pictures are all pretentious rubbish, in the words of my harshest critic.
          John

          "A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there � even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity." ~ Robert Doisneau

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          • #6
            Re: Helicon Focus Stacking for Landscapes

            I must have missed the pretendersing garbage review. Still, you should be thick skinned enough to survive after dealing with editors for years.
            It's the image that's important, not the tools used to make it.

            David M's Photoblog

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            • #7
              Re: Helicon Focus Stacking for Landscapes

              Originally posted by David M View Post
              I must have missed the pretendersing garbage review. Still, you should be thick skinned enough to survive after dealing with editors for years.
              Just a comment my daughter made a few days ago about my work in general. She may have a point; I recently submitted an article to Outdoor Photography, the first for a long time - and it was rejected.
              John

              "A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there � even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity." ~ Robert Doisneau

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              • #8
                Re: Helicon Focus Stacking for Landscapes

                Looks very good, John - I remember we were discussing this yesterday. How much is the full version of the software? Did you only use two donor shots?

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                • #9
                  Re: Helicon Focus Stacking for Landscapes

                  Maybe the editor checked the EXIF and rejected them because they weren't FF and at minimum aperture.
                  It's the image that's important, not the tools used to make it.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Helicon Focus Stacking for Landscapes

                    And the white balance hadn't been adjusted in the histogram.
                    Stephen

                    A camera takes a picture. A photographer makes a picture

                    Fuji X system, + Leica and Bronica film

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                    • #11
                      Re: Helicon Focus Stacking for Landscapes

                      Yes, I forgot that detail Stephen.
                      It's the image that's important, not the tools used to make it.

                      David M's Photoblog

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                      • #12
                        Re: Helicon Focus Stacking for Landscapes

                        Originally posted by Ian View Post
                        Looks very good, John - I remember we were discussing this yesterday. How much is the full version of the software? Did you only use two donor shots?

                        Ian
                        Just two donor shots, one focused on foreground buttercups the other on background tree. Obviously I may wish to use more shots if I get serious about using the software. Price is $30 a year or $115 unlimited licence.
                        John

                        "A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there � even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity." ~ Robert Doisneau

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                        • #13
                          Re: Helicon Focus Stacking for Landscapes

                          David and Stephen, I love the humour on this site!
                          John

                          "A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there � even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity." ~ Robert Doisneau

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                          • #14
                            Re: Helicon Focus Stacking for Landscapes

                            On a more serious note, given the angle of view of a lens can change at different focusing distances I wonder if the software has to compensate for that?
                            It's the image that's important, not the tools used to make it.

                            David M's Photoblog

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                            • #15
                              Re: Helicon Focus Stacking for Landscapes

                              Originally posted by David M View Post
                              On a more serious note, given the angle of view of a lens can change at different focusing distances I wonder if the software has to compensate for that?
                              That's a good point and I don't know the answer yet.
                              John

                              "A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there � even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity." ~ Robert Doisneau

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