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Lichen On Twigs

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 2 March 2009 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

The twigs were tiny and the light was low, which didn't make for the easiest macro work.
For this particular photograph, I used PSCS4's new "Focus Blending." You take several shots, bringing different parts of the image into focus in each shot. Then PSCS4 automatically selects only the parts of each shot that are most in focus, and blends the shots into one sharp image. If there is part of the image that is not sharp, that is because you did not have that part sharp in any of your shots. It's not perfect, but it is amazing!

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.
-Martin Luther King Jr.

NIKON D300 1/6 second F/9.0 ISO 400 225 mm (35mm equiv.)

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

great images over the weekend:-)
This is so incredible...nature is just so beautiful in the most varied of ways:-) Gorgeous colours!!!

2 Mar 2009 5:55am

@Linerberry: Thank you.

Cricket-Tammy from United States

You did a great job on this one too. These colors are so alive. Such beauty in nature.

2 Mar 2009 6:02am

Jean-François from Les Issambres, France

magnifiques couleurs !

2 Mar 2009 6:26am

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

What will those clever folks at Photoshop think of next? Whatever it is, I'm sure you'll put it to expert use as you have in this photo. The details and colors are wonderful.

2 Mar 2009 6:33am

Nicholas from Shah Alam, Malaysia

Interesting feature for macro photographers. Love the high contrast here :)

2 Mar 2009 6:45am

Mathilde from Fontainebleau, France

Un branchage étrange et coloré! I love the texture magnifique! Image! Superbe!

2 Mar 2009 7:05am

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States

Wow...I'm impressed. Fascinating looking plant.

2 Mar 2009 7:06am

She Escobar from Baguio City, Philippines

Wonderful colors! Superb capture!

2 Mar 2009 8:09am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

great work ! rich textures and colours, perfect sharpness and DOF

2 Mar 2009 9:48am

Pradeep from India

Superb shot...brilliant colors and textures. Nice work :)

2 Mar 2009 10:37am

zahai from Berlin, Germany

What can i say... perfect. Awesome capture, i love it :)

2 Mar 2009 10:53am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Marvelous composition. Colours are fantastic !

2 Mar 2009 10:59am

Lydie et Roland from BESANCON, France

WOW ! Really beautiful... Colors, composition, light, DOF....

2 Mar 2009 11:19am

dogilicious from Millerstown, PA, United States

Excellent. A great capture of a very cool element of nature. The lens seems very interesting.

2 Mar 2009 11:33am

Ninni from Brazil

Wonderful colours!! A photo that suits my taste;)

2 Mar 2009 11:40am

zOOm from Paris, France

Great textures and patterns for who loves macro photography. Colors are simply gorgeous.

2 Mar 2009 12:13pm

Yvonne S. from Tilburg, Netherlands

I love it, well done it's beautiful!

2 Mar 2009 12:30pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Love the high contrasted colours and their harmony between the suject and the background. lovely macro Jack !!

2 Mar 2009 12:31pm

Christmanimages from Collegeville, United States

Love the colors john4jack. The Focus blending tool you mentioned sounds very interesting!

2 Mar 2009 1:24pm

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

Great process. I'm jealous, only hace CS2.

2 Mar 2009 2:14pm

@Lee: And, as you know, you can't do this with CS2; I'm sorry.

Don from spokane, United States

The blending works amazingly well. A fine image to begin with but the processing, no doubt, contributed heavily to the outcome. Nice photographic and technical work.

2 Mar 2009 2:32pm

@Don: This was my first venture into this capability of CS4. It really blew me away. And it is so easy! (but you have to have a tripod for your shots)

Ajay from Pune, India

I think the lighting has come out to be perfect. And the macro is also very impressive. Of course, I see some hard work there.

2 Mar 2009 2:50pm

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Great job and I like the composition with the second twig in the background which creates a great depth. You can do almost the same in CS3 but it takes a lot more work aligning the layers and erasing the parts you don't need. I'm still a bit reluctant trying CS4 ...

2 Mar 2009 3:23pm

@Monique: It's a piece of cake.

dan from Paris, France

With the macro, we can admire the smallest details of the nature.

2 Mar 2009 3:26pm

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland


2 Mar 2009 3:40pm

Hema Iyer from Bangalore, India

Amazing shot. The colors are fantastic. And thanks for sharing the Blending method with us. I did not know about this and am happy I am learning so much here. Thanks very much, Jack.

2 Mar 2009 3:46pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

Wow, like a beautiful and colorful bouqet. Very impressive how this program works with just the focused parts of the image. The warmth of color is my favorite. Well done.

2 Mar 2009 4:18pm

willow from Chelsea, United States

Wow! The colors are warm and rich and I love the focusing technique - I hadn't heard of that one before. Thanks for the info!

2 Mar 2009 4:53pm

@willow: Important! You need to run "Auto-Align" before you run "Auto-Blend." That often is not mentioned. My first attempt looked like a disaster. So I called Adobe Tech Support; they clued me in.

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Québec, Canada

An excellent close-up, doesn't get any better than this! The sharpness of the foreground over the superb bokeh of the background, bravo!

2 Mar 2009 4:54pm

@vu@granby - Wolfgang: Absolutely could not have done it without "Auto-Blend."

EYES WIDE SHUT from United Kingdom

Vibrant and alive, this is superbly observed, Jack. Crystal clarity and intricate detailing handled so well. First class work

2 Mar 2009 4:56pm

@EYES WIDE SHUT: Thanks, Paul!

kerfendal from Paris, France

so much things in this pic, marvellous shapes and colours

2 Mar 2009 5:05pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Wow! That is totally beautiful. Thanks for that note about CS4; I guess I better upgrade.

2 Mar 2009 5:07pm

Diane Schuller from Hythe, Canada

wow, that is incredibly sharp and beautiful Jack. What a great technique. (I'm going to work at catching up later today -- busy, busy, busy).

2 Mar 2009 5:30pm

Manel from Girona, Spain

Interesting efect and explanation. Thanks for it.

2 Mar 2009 5:46pm

Sandrine from Cincinnati, United States

I love this! Perfect! Especially the colors!

2 Mar 2009 5:56pm

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Great shot! First one I have seen with the focus blending... may have to upgrade from CS3 :)

2 Mar 2009 6:04pm

Mary from PA, United States

Stunning Jack....They are so very colorful! Thanks for sharing.

2 Mar 2009 6:12pm

-1q5yChØt!c- from Persia, Iran

very beautiful and impressive,bravo

2 Mar 2009 6:15pm

Momo from Montpellier, France

great image Jack...color is amazing...and thanks for the explanation on the focus stuff in cs4...I've been looking into that a bit lately too...I've got cs3 but it is available as separate programs via other manufacturers...oh, great MLK quote...

2 Mar 2009 6:24pm

Robert Kruh from Slovenia

Oh my, ... amazing details and colours here! Super macro! Congrats!

2 Mar 2009 7:56pm

@Robert Kruh: Thanks, Robert. We need you to join aminus3!!

jim from sebastopol, United States

this is a really great shot. there are so many different lichens growing on this branch! thank you for the quote as well. jim

2 Mar 2009 8:15pm

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

Wow It is beautiful great processing it would be interesting to see one of the originals to compare it

2 Mar 2009 8:46pm

@jamesy: Anyone who sends me their email address, I will send you the original files that were Auto-Blended. You will be amazed at what the software can do.

Jen from St. George, United States

Oooh... I love lichen! It's so pretty, all the different colors. I've found it very hard to photograph well, though. This is perfect! I've never seen it on a twig like this. You've captured it very well!

2 Mar 2009 10:28pm

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

This is an excellent image of Oregon in the winter! Beautiful colors. The focus blending is amazing.

2 Mar 2009 11:42pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Wonderful colors in this, and that feature in CS4 sounds pretty amazing and handy to have

3 Mar 2009 12:34am

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

geez, i just got cs3, and now you've made me want cs4!!!! this shot is did a phenomenal job!!!
i wonder if cs3 does that also? if you know it does, shoot me those shots at iliv4bears [AT] aol [DOT] com, so i can try it out!! and thanks much for that offer!!!

3 Mar 2009 12:49am

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

Impressive. What a fascinating subject. Focus blending sounds interesting.

3 Mar 2009 12:52am

@Laurie: It is interesting, Laurie; and it's also a piece of cake.

Daniel from Kenmare, United States

nice one

3 Mar 2009 1:52am

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Ooooohhh!!! It comes with CS4? I know there are some specialty programs out for this but didn't realize it came with CS4 ... I like... I like very much!!! Excellent image, Jack!

3 Mar 2009 3:18am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Stunning colours in that lichen. What a beautiful shot.

3 Mar 2009 4:31am

NarB from Bruxelles, Belgium

Great details, colors and light. Perfect processing.

3 Mar 2009 5:43pm

Stephanie from Toronto, Canada

Fantastic colours.
Focus blending... wow! It looks incredible!

3 Mar 2009 7:52pm

@Stephanie: This feature alone is almost worth the upgrade, Stephanie. (I do lots of macro work. This is an easy way to make certain your entire main subject is in focus, but your background is not.)

Alivia from Saint-Etienne, France

cette image est tellement réussie, John, les couleurs, la netteté, ce n'est pas CS4 qui fait tout le travail, vous ne me le ferez pas croire !! en tout bravo.

3 Mar 2009 9:05pm

@Alivia: Oh oui, il est CS4. Plus un peu d'ajustement de courbes.

shallowregret from Kongsberg, Norway

intriguing technique

3 Mar 2009 11:29pm

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

That is so cool, Jack! And I love your tip about the blending. I have CS4 and didn't know about it - now I'm going to have to play.

4 Mar 2009 6:20am

Chris Parr from Jefferson City, United States

Wonderful detail and stunning bokeh...great!

4 Mar 2009 2:34pm

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Beautiful details of that lichen. Well done.

5 Mar 2009 2:06am

Eric Rousset from Grasse, France

Nice warms tones, like the DOF

5 Mar 2009 3:16pm