I took this photo last summer, filed it, and completely forgot about it. It was created from a stack of 42 separate pictures using Zerene Stacking software. See Image stacking revisited: macro photograph a sow bug—take 2 for more information on image stacking.
Like other stacked photos I have uploaded, the picture has a softness about it partially because the lens I have been using (Zuiko 50mm F1.8) just doesn’t provide the resolution I would really like. However, I like this photo partially because of the softness—it kind of feels like a painting. Of course the best thing about this photo is those gorgeous eyes! The softness of the photo has been emphasized by the very tight crop. The original, uncropped picture is below.
I mentioned in a previous post (Image stacking revisited: macro photograph a sow bug—take 3) that I had purchased a used Zeiss Microscope Focus Arm that I was hoping to turn into a macro stand that will allow me more control when photo stacking. I’m working on it now and have ordered a sharper, higher magnification (microscope) lens. Hopefully I’ll be able to produce more (better) stacked images soon.
The technical stuff:
Camera: Olympus E-620 digital SLR
Lens: Zuiko 50mm F1.8 reversed on an Olympus OM auto bellows
Settings: manual exposure (F5.6 @ 1/125 sec)
Lighting: Vivitar 283 with vari-power module (set at 1/16 power)