A Bad Day With A Camera

Frosted Off

The front yard was very frosty today. So frosty. The problem was that it was also sooooo windy. It took me a few moments to find something that was barely moving in the breeze and it turned out to be a tiny, sheltered twig on a bush that was encrusted in frost. I hustled out (relatively speaking) my macro gear, and set up for frost macros.

Well. It was some work with the breeze. It took me about one hundred images to be sure I got a snap with no movement. As well, my macro lens has a razor-thin plane of focus even at f22. I had to use a macro rail with a fine adjustment to get about ten in-focus slices that I could stack in Photoshop. Here is the composite image:

The Crystal Kingdom, My Front Yard, Strathmore, Alberta, 2024-02-07

Below are two samples of the original images showing the different zones of the subject in focus in different images as I dialed my way through capturing the shot on my macro rail:

The Crystal Kingdom Near
The Crystal Kingdom Far

Because I know most of you reading this are likely photographers and you’re consummate gear hounds like I am, here are some snaps of the equipment used and the setup for you.

Here is the list of the kit I used for the shoot:

  • Canon EOS R5 body
  • Laowa 25mm f2.8 5x Ultra Macro Lens for Canon RF
  • Neewer Pro 4 Way Macro Focusing Rail Slider
  • Neewer Camera Tripod Monopod with Rotatable Center Column
  • Hanpusen Canon Compatible Remote Release

The shoot ate up about 45 minutes of my lunch hour and it took me another hour to process the image in Photoshop this evening. It was shot at ISO 2000 (windy!) so it needed noise removal and then all images were aligned and stacked into the composite you see above.

Hella work for a single image, eh?

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