Peruvian Lily (Alstromeria)

Tripod mounted  Canon EOS 1DX with a Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro  lens using an Arca Swiss Monoball Z tripod head. ISO 200. Evaluative metering,

EC= 0 stop: 1/13sec at f/11 in Aperture Priority mode. Manual focus using Live View.

13 images were taken with different focus points and then merged using ZereneStacker® software. 

I am having lots of fun doing some macro photography on a few of the common flowers in the garden. The Peruvian Lilies and the Moonflowers are particularly striking and make excellent subjects. All images in this blog were captured with a Canon EOS 1DX and a Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro lens. Manual focus is used in Live View. In a number of instances images are stacked using ZereneStacker software® to give full depth of field.

I have also been experimenting with various filters from Nik Color Efex Pro®. The tonal contrast filter has proved to be useful and really gives the images some “punch”.

Close up of the pistil of a common Petunia

The female reproductive part of a flower is called the pistil. It is centrally located and typically consists of a swollen base, the ovary, which contains the potential seeds, or ovules; a stalk, or style, arising from the ovary; and a pollen-receptive tip, the stigma, variously shaped and often sticky.

The following two images are good examples of the use of the Nik Color Efex Pro® Tonal Contrast Filter. In the first image, a Columbine, the veins in the petals are more defined and the petal detail in the second image, a Moonflower, is highly detailed. In fact this image in some ways resembles the lines in the palm of a human hand. A challenge for the palm readers!

These two images are both single exposures and not stacked.

The next image, again of an Alstromeria, is a single exposure. The intention here was to highlight the pollen laden stigma and the depth of focus was much shallower.

This next image of a Moonflower is a stack of 5 images combined using ZereneStacker® and then processed in Photoshop using Nik Efex Pro 4® Tonal Contrast Filter. In this case a gold reflector was used to give the richer golden colour and enhance the light at the base of the stamen.