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Old 08-04-2012, 02:30 AM
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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



















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Old 08-04-2012, 02:33 AM
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Very impressive, beautiful pictures!
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Old 08-04-2012, 03:04 AM
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If someone knows what plant this flower is from, you get my stamp of approval

Mimosa pudica?
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Old 08-04-2012, 03:55 AM
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Awesome photos Grimm.......
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Mimosa pudica?
This was my guess as well.


Grimm, these are some really nice photos; great job! What's your new camera setup? Also, what software are you using for stacking?
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Old 08-04-2012, 04:22 AM
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Mimosa pudica?
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This was my guess as well.


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


Oh and here is a link to my new flickr. I uploaded larger pictures there.
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probably my favorite.
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Old 08-04-2012, 05:12 AM
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probably my favorite.
Thanks man. That was my most difficult shot to get especially due to the lack of lighting. Taken at ISO 5000 and stacked handheld if you can believe it.
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Wow. Be sure to post more as you take them. I loved the plant shots
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this makes me want a macro lens all that much more amazing pix
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wow great pictures Grimm! I used to be into butterflies a lot, and then i found out that dart frogs could be kept as pets :P
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That papilio palinurus is absolutely awesome. Great shots!
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:29 PM
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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.
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Beautiful shots!
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