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Bluebonnet: Focus Stacking

I played around a couple of weeks ago with the concept of focus stacking.  I knew it was going to be an extra credit portion for the 52Frame’s macro challenge. Since I was playing around, I didn’t try to be perfect with taking pictures.

I took three macro shots of the same plant but each one was focused on a different part of the plant.  The first picture focused at the bottom. The second in the center. And, the third at the top.  (All three were taken with an aperture of f/2.8.)

I then tried my hand at focus stacking with these three pictures yesterday.  I was absolutely floored at the result.  Check out my first attempt at focus stacking:


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New Braunfels, Texas

I whiled away my time in New Braunfels on January 21st while Dan worked at his office. He had a meeting that day.  So, I took him to work and picked him up since he couldn’t drive with a broken collarbone.   I was a little punch drunk by the time I returned home as I was operating with just 4 to 5 hours of sleep.

Oh, I didn’t tell you? I stayed up to help my astronomy loving man with his mega-sized telescope to watch the lunar eclipse. One of the pieces is 40 pounds!  There was no way I was going to let him do it by himself with a broken collarbone.  It was fun and I now can claim to have seen a lunar eclipse. I never had the inclination to stay up to watch one.

Anyway, here are a few pictures I took while in New Braunfels, Texas.  Enjoy.

Ghosts on the Comal River
Landa Park

Fishing on the Guadalupe
Shot from Faust Street Bridge

Tried my hand shooting through a “keyhole” which is a bridge support column.
Shot while on Faust Street Bridge


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What the Bird?

Most likely a Red-Tailed Hawk.

This is the second time I’ve spotted a hawk. The first time was Oct. 24th when I thought It was injured only to discover it was struggling with its prey (a gopher?). On November 11th, I spotted another hawk shredding up something. I tend to use the camera to identify birds, bugs, and more. I grabbed Dan’s long lens which I do not use often because it is mega heavy. I used our fence to rest the camera/lens on and shot through another fence. As a result, I managed to get this somewhat decent shot. And, I am fairly certain it killed a dark chicken that roams the property. I think we have a Red Tailed Hawk and it is here to stay.


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What the Bug?

I believe this is a Longjawed Longhorn Beetle
of the family Cerambycid.
Trachyderes mandibularis
Hosts: Citrus, Parkinsonia, Salix, Celtis

Dan (my husband) spied this critter September 29th.  We both didn’t know what the heck this critter was.  So, I quickly swapped the lens on my camera for the macro and snapped a few pictures for bug identification. After a little research, I discovered the above information.


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Framers Friday: Macros

Water Diamonds

There are times when our property is covered with an extremely heavy dew. As the sun rises, the land will blaze with sparkling water diamonds. It’s an absolutely beautiful sight to behold. There is a very short time frame to see the dew sparkling. It’s a challenge to take pictures to demonstrate what I am seeing. It’s an even bigger challenge to take macro shots.

Note: This challenge is week 44 of the year. To see all the submissions, including mine, go here.  Warning! There are 677 pictures in this album.  A person can only submit one picture for the week. This means 677 people participated this week.  By the way, there are some awesome pictures in that album!