1of1snowflakes wrote:This was my first time ever splicing any image, so it was a learning process.
Thanks for the background. That's very helpful.
So then, the general rule is that it's not a good idea to try splicing across the middle of a uniform area filled with rich detail. Even if the tones are well matched, there's a lot of potential for misaligned details that will haunt you after you see them. Much better to place seams along natural boundaries if possible.
I've only been doing macro for a little over a year, and photography for about 2.
You're advancing quite quickly.
I've been doing both macro photography and spliced panoramas for over 50 years, so my own learning curve is a lot more gradual. When I started, lenses were pretty good even by modern standards, but the image capture technology was all film. To actually see
a result meant sending film out to be processed, or at best, doing it myself in a wet darkroom. Splicing a panorama meant carefully cutting and mounting paper prints so the physical seams didn't show. It was a very different world!
These days I joke that I'm mostly some sort of "enabler", spending most of my time developing technology and helping other people make photographs instead of making them myself. I'm the fellow behind Zerene Stacker, so answering support emails from that, plus discussions here at photomacrography.net, is what keeps me sort of aligned with modern learning curves.
Your spliced butterfly looks great. Keep it up!