More Macro Mantises

Over the last week I've spent a lot of my time looking at a computer screen working on some of the hundreds of photos I've taken. Hundreds may seem like a lot of photos, however around 50 photos will make up just one image in most cases. This is because I have been trying out a new technique called focus stacking.

This involves taking a series of photos of the same subject at slightly varying focal points and then using specialised software to combine them into one, extremely sharp, image. Lucky for me my uni has a machine that can take all these photos automatically, trying to do this manually would be very tricky. You simple set up your shot and then tell the Stackshot machine to move a certain distance and take a certain number of shots as it moves. It was a challenge at first, but once I got going I couldn't really stop....

This lead to me having a load of very similar photos to deal with. I have ended up with about 16 images, each made up of between 30 to 60 shots, and each one taking around 30 minutes to combine. Oh and edit for a while too, so yeah, its been a long week.

But I do think it has been worth the time as the detail in these photos is really impressive (these photos are not done any justice on the web).

P.S. these are not live mantises if you were wondering, they tend not to sit still long enough unfortunately...