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by on Aug.23, 2012, under Life, Photography

Found this cactus covered in hard translucent spines in the succulent garden in the Royal Botanic Gardens and nestled within it’s heart were these tiny buds. A helpful friend held a tri-grip diffuser overhead whilst I composed and took the shots for focus stacking. No issues with this “flower” swaying in the breeze 🙂 – I was lying on the ground with the tripod legs spayed out horizontally and these buds were probably only a few centimetres above the ground level.

Note: These images (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.

The result of stacking 12 frames [1/125 sec at f/4, ISO 110]


NIKON D7000 + 105.0 mm f/2.8 @ 105 mm, 1/125 sec at f/4, ISO 110

and for comparison a single image taken at 1/4 sec at f/22 ISO 100

NIKON D7000 + 105.0 mm f/2.8 @ 105 mm, 1/4 sec at f/22, ISO 100

I also found this Green Village hiding in a Purple Land (the heart of a Bromeliad I think) – this shot pretty much straight out of camera

Green Village in Purple Land

NIKON D7000 + 105.0 mm f/2.8 @ 105 mm, 1/3 sec at f/3.2, ISO 100

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