I was recently looking through Stanley & Kaisa Breeden’s wonderful new book “Wild Flower Country” (http://www.stanleybreeden.com/) and saw the most amazing work. To ensure they get all the detail the eye can see they use a combination of focus stacking & HDR photography! As I was looking at their work this young Green Tree Frog, (Litoria caerulea) literally landed flop on my head (obviously a miss timed jump from the palm trees)!!!
So I had a go. It was difficult to get enough frames for both stacking and HDR (as he was panting heavily and didn’t want to stick around) so I so I took some bracketed shots (2 f-stops apart) with some artificial light. Into Lightroom and HDR Pro 2 (CS5) and while not to be compared with the Breeden’s work I was happy that this captured the detail and vividness of minds first view of this frog.
Emerald Beach, NSW, Australia
Face & Eye closeup
Camera Model Canon EOS 7D
Shooting Date/Time 27/02/2011 10:23:59 PM
Shooting Mode Aperture-Priority AE
Shutter Speed 1/13, 1/40, 1/4
Aperture Value 7.1
Metering Mode Evaluative Metering
Autoexposure Bracketing -1 2/3, +2/3
ISO Speed 400
Lens EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Focal Length 100.0 mm
Image Quality RAW
Lightroom 3 CS5