I spent all day shooting photos for a local botanical garden's website. They have an amazing tropical butterfly greenhouse and I managed to get in before public hours and had the entire place to my self. Such a great time in the humid and quite greenhouse.
I finally picked up my dream camera and computer, so I'll be shooting more frequently and finally be able to edit them properly. Looking forward to printing a couple of these shots BIG
Every image is a focus stack. Im not sure if the picture titles are shown, but the numbers refer to the sequence of photos stacked together. Anywhere between 4 and 26 shots. Fun stuff!
Edit: Sorry for the small size. You can't really see much detail from the reduced file size I uploaded them at
If someone knows what plant this flower is from, you get my stamp of approval
Grimm, these are some really nice photos; great job! What's your new camera setup? Also, what software are you using for stacking?
Thanks bud. I bought a used 5D mark II, and I was using my 100mm f2.8 lens for all these shots. I stack using Helicon Focus now that I have an Imac. I used Combine ZP on my old PC but it doesn't work on a mac. Helicon is way better though and seems to do an incredible job considering some of these are crappy handheld stacks. The picture of that blue butterfly was taken while balancing on one foot. It shows some edge duplicates, but it isn't too bad when viewed small :P
Thanks for the compliments. I added a few extra images on my flickr page so feel free to check them out if you want to see a couple more species, including one with massive blue wings, and another that are see through.
Even though the gardens didn't end up wanting to use these shots for their website, I might just go back and take some more for myself and additional practice. Pretty sweet place.