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    When I saw this kestrel, I wanted to get both bird and background in focus. I was only about 3 or 4 meters away from the bird and the background was about 5km away. As depth of field issues mean this could never be done with one shot, I took two shots without moving the camera and fortunately the bird stayed still. Then I used stacking software to produce this image. Usually I use 5 or 6 images with stacking software so I was surprised to see it work well with just two images.

    Unfortunately, the salt spray meant I was never going to get a particularly sharp shot of the background. Also, the fact that I was shooting into the sun (almost) meant the bird was not going to be well lit, but I was interested in it as a proof of concept. Try to imagine it if I'd started with two good images. Ordinarily, I'd do a bit more tidying up, but this shot doesnt merit it.

    I hope people find this useful.
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    Default Re: Stacking software (not every background needs to be blurred)

    A nice example of getting the photo to match the actual "live" view.
    Care to elaborate on the method & software used? I guess you manually focused & shot the two shots quickly so the birdy didn't move?
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    Default Re: Stacking software (not every background needs to be blurred)

    Quote Originally Posted by CameronG
    A nice example of getting the photo to match the actual "live" view.
    Care to elaborate on the method & software used? I guess you manually focused & shot the two shots quickly so the birdy didn't move?
    Yes, thats pretty much it. Here's the two images taken in the field. Manual focus on the bird, hope the bird doesnt move, focus again on the background. In reality it doesnt matter a lot if the bird makes small movements. Then used stacking software such as Zerene Stacker or CombineZM. They do magic.

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    Default Re: Stacking software (not every background needs to be blurred)

    Hi Arron, interesting idea that I had never considered before. This subject and background suit this method really well, thanks for sharing mate.

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    Default Re: Stacking software (not every background needs to be blurred)

    Thanks a lot Arron - I can see me using this for the family snaps & will suggest it to my brother who's hitting Europe for Xmas... a fair bit of posing in front of icons to be done.
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    Default Re: Stacking software (not every background needs to be blurred)

    For people you're far better off with a fairly wide lens or a P&S which has huge DOF to start with, for starters people are far less patient than birds and don't harass you because you're taking too long or walk off the instant they hear a sound from the camera.

    You just need to stop down a little and move a bit closer than you would with a normal-tele lens focal length.
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