Daily Archives: September 21, 2023

Maine! Semi-palms (focus stack)

Semi-palmated Sandpipers and Plover: York County, Maine, USA, September 2023 — This looks different. It is different. It is a focus stacked image of a group of Semi-palmated Sandpipers, and one Semi-Palmated Plover from our local beach the day before Hurricane Lee went by off-shore. The birds were still! Still enough that I attempted a hand held (well bean-bag monopod supported) in-camera focus stack. I set the OM-1 to take 8 shots at different focus points and combine them into one shot…otherwise I could have only focused on one of these birds at a time with an 800mm equivalent lens. Though the result is much closer to reality…that is to the way our eye sees it from 12 feet away…in a photo where we expect a narrow focus plane it can look unreal. OM-Systems OM-1 with ED 100-400mm zoom at 800mm equivalent. Program mode with focus stacking. Processed in Pixomator Pro. Nominal exposure: ISO 200 @ f7.1 @ 1/1000th.