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BB8 - DOF blend using E-M1 focus bracketing

BB8 - DOF blend using E-M1 focus bracketing

This is David's BB8 toy which is basically a Sphero with a head on. It's super neat and about 3 inches across. The head is about 1.5 inches.

The reason I took this is that I've just installed the new firmware on my E-M1 which has added focus blending and focus stacking. That means the camera will automatically vary the focal point and take multiple pictures. This is really useful for macro pictures where the depth of focus is often very small. You can shoot lots of pictures with different focal points and then blend them to make a picture which is sharp from front to back - as you see here.

I tried this with the in-camera focus stacking which uses only 8 shots. And then I tried it again using focus bracketing and took 30 shots which I blended in Photoshop. As you might expect the bracketing method gave better results, though the in-camera stacking was still *very* good.

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Scalextric with the boy

Scalextric with the boy

Scalextric with the boy and David Groves this morning. Fun times!

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Another of the lovely autumn flowers in Ruth's Mum's garden. Also taken with the LG G4 camera phone.

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Ruth's mum has some gorgeous flowers in her front garden. I couldn't help taking some pictures. But I only had my phone with me. So this is an LG G4 flower macro edited on the phone in Snapseed.

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Painted Lady Butterfly

Painted Lady Butterfly

Once again shot through the mesh of the cage, which is a shame, but you can clearly see the palpi and proboscis. It's quite impressive what this 60mm macro can do. Once again, not an art shot. This was taken so that my kids could see up close the butterflies we'd had kept.

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Painted Lady Butterfly

Painted Lady Butterfly

A month or so ago we were sent some caterpillars. The idea is to grow them into butterflies so that the kids can see them grow and change. And it was a huge success. Everyone in the family enjoyed seeing how much they changed each day and eventually it came time to release them. Before we did I took some pictures. Here's one of them. It's not high art. This was shot through the mesh of a butterfly net. But it gives some amazing detail that you couldn't see with the naked eye.

E-M1 with Olympus 60mm f/2.8 macro. Hand held with natural light.

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Another from Swettenham Arboretum. I find that sometimes it takes me a few days to realise what's wrong with a photograph. In this case I knew I wanted the dark tunnel-like feeling but it took me a while to realise that it needed to be colder in the dark shadey areas and warm sunshine where Catherine was running to. Finally I'm happy with this one and I feel like it's reached the potential I felt it had when I took it.

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Lovell Walk

Lovell Walk

The leaves are just beginning to turn at Swettenham Arboretum.

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Gorgeous Light

Gorgeous Light

Taken at the Swettenham Arms Arboretum in Cheshire, UK. There was this gorgeous light so I snapped away as long as I could. :)

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Prettius Pinkus Flowerica

Prettius Pinkus Flowerica

As usual I have no idea what kind of flower this is. To me it is merely a "Prettius Pinkus Flowerica". Window light, hand held, E-M1 with 60mm Macro blah blah.