The first spot I picked to try out the focus stacking series had some good point of interest from the bluff in the background the beach and waves an the foreshore vegetation and then the fence. Trouble was the stiff breeze (aka gale) was straight from Antarctica. So the reeds in the foreground here dancing around and the waves are pounding in. Not to mention my fingers where freezing. (the google photo auto-gif doesn’t record how cold it was). The other important issue I realised as I took these photos was I realised I was taking the series hand held in the wind, which was likely to make merging the photos a challenge. I walked along a bit further and found another overgrown fence post with a view down to the beach. Having warmed my hand in my pockets and braced myself against the wind I took another three set. Firstly focussed on the distance, then focused on the near beach and finally the vegetation on the post.
|Distance Focus||Near Beach Focus||Vegetation on Fence Focus|
So what did I learn?
- Use a solid tripod! (especially in the wind)
- Don’t go crazy with a trying to use a low F-stop (ie don’t try and show off)
- Take extra intermediate focus points, when in doubt.
- Its a fun way to maximize your depth of field.