Tuesday, 21 April 2015

I am Oliver


I have had a standard version of this for about three years. Can't say it has come to much. In spite of the label saying they are tolerant to -30C new growth on mine had died back each Winter so I've moved it to a spot where it gets the Sun for longer each day and should be a bit better sheltered from any cold winds.

At the moment it has catkins which looked interesting enough for a bit of focus stacking. First I tried taking some hand held photos but they were pretty useless so in the end I set up the 50D with 70-200 zoom lens plus Raynox macro lens with LED ring light on a tripod:


The results made using Zerene Stacker:

2015-04-20-11.44.34 ZS PMax 2

These two with a bit of added colour emphasis in Serif Affinity Photo Beta:

2015-04-20-11.06.07 ZS PMax 2

2015-04-20-12.37.13 ZS PMax 2

Not fully in focus but still quite nice.


  1. These are effective. I like the last one and will have to start stacking again.

    1. Adrian. The occasional subject turns out to be ideal for focus stacking. The last one reminds me of a rocket firework.

  2. Adrian: The background, quite accidental, helped to emphasise the colours.

  3. Vey nice! I prefer the first one with the softer colors.

    1. Thank you Wilma. I always have to keep experimenting, just to see how things turn out. The first is natural, the others 'artistic'.


Thank you for visiting. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Any comment, or correction to any information or identification I get wrong, is most welcome. John

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