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Graham46



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 9:45 am    Post subject: Chalybion californicum Reply with quote

This wasp was collected outside my work. A Chalybion californicum, or "blue mud wasp". I have am drawn toward blues, greens, and purples in nature, and this critter has all three.
Shot with canon 100mm macro, ISO 100, 1/125 @ f/8. 39 frames stacked with ZS Pmax with minor retouching.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amazing colours Smile How do you cope with oof haloes when shooting on a black background , or do not they not appear for this depth/magnification of stack ?

I find them a nightmare when shooting with a say a 10x objective against a black background Sad

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Andrew. For me, oof focus haloes are rarely a problem. I always use the black background and if I do see some problems, I do my best to get rid of them using the built in retouching in ZS. After that, I find that adjusting "curves" in photoshop, and using the clone stamp tool will take care of anything left behind. I am usually willing to take as much time as I need to make an image look as good as possible!
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