The Crimson Columbine (Aquilegia formosa) appears in mid May in the wooded areas and by August in the alpine areas of coastal British Columbia. It is my favourite wild-flower and I anticipate it and photograph each year. In the field, under typical windy conditions, it is difficult to focus stack because the delicate blooms on slender stems are in constant motion. Sometimes, I try for a quick stack, hoping for at least three frames which I can combine for added dof and yet maintain creamy background. The first image is a stack of 4 frames which was intended to render the entire columbine plant into reasonable focus along with some of the surrounding Miner's Lettuce blooms (Montia perfoliata.) Please click on the images for a larger and nicely framed view!
1. Crimson Columbine on a Bed of Miner's Lettuce
This variation on the base image is achieved with some art filters in photoshop. I attend a photography club where using plug-ins and art brushes is a common practice (usually to hide imperfection or create short lived but novelty impact, in my cynical opinion!) On occasion, I do "play" along in order to fulfill my quota in the "creative expression" category we are required to submit to! Your opinions are quite welcome!
4. Here I wish that I could have gotten a stack of the entire plant but was not successful. It is that background which I wanted to preserve.
5. Crimson Columbine and Syrphid
7. Multiple exposures in strong wind.
Edited by Eb Mueller, 04 May 2012 - 02:34 .