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Helicon Flower
Helicon Flower

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Challenge: Anything But Landscape (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Pentax K200D
Lens: Pentax SMC-M 100mm f/4.0 Macro
Location: Benicia, CA
Date: Jul 11, 2008
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Macro, Floral
Date Uploaded: Jul 13, 2008

Used this challenge as an excuse to download and play around with Helicon Focus. Didn't get around to it until Sunday, and this was my second set of images that I ran through the program. Pretty cool -- love that great depth of field.

Set up the flower in my light tent outdoors with the sun behind the petals. Shot ten RAW images with my old 100mm macro on a 3x extension tube, manually adjusting focus between each shot.

Adjusted exposure, clarity, vibrance, saturation, and contrast in Lightroom. Synced adjustments, then exported as TIFF images. Combined images in Helicon Focus, saved as a new TIFF. Edited combined image in Lightroom, mainly some color and saturation adjustments and curves. Exported to PSElements, cloned out dust spots, resized, USM, border, S4W

IMGP685, 686, 687, 688, 689, 690, 691, 692, 693, 694

Place: 91 out of 247
Avg (all users): 5.8581
Avg (commenters): 6.3333
Avg (participants): 5.7534
Avg (non-participants): 5.9512
Views since voting: 1092
Views during voting: 235
Votes: 155
Comments: 3
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/16/2008 12:48:38 PM
Beautiful and perfect shot!
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07/15/2008 06:53:32 PM
nice detail and color
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07/14/2008 12:10:21 AM
great orange color.
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