Stacked Lichen

Getting in close is fun and revealing but depth of field can be a problem, especially with very three dimensional subjects. Poor light means wide apertures and lens physics makes the DOF shallower the closer you get, as result you can find yourself with just a few millimetres in focus….unless you use focus stacking.

The first of these images is┬ácompound shot of 12 exposures in rapid succession each with a different focal distance. The result is a very wide DOF, all the Lichen ‘fronds’ are in focus BUT in this case does it really make for a better picture?

With focus stacking on the left, without focus stacking on right