Forgotten Macro Trip to the Arboretum

Over the summer, my friend Amy Horn and I went to the Arboretum to practice taking macro pictures. Or, actually, I asked Amy to teach me how to do macro because she is a master photographer who just published a book on this very subject with Bruce Taubert. (You should really check out Amy’s  and Bruce’s photography.)

Most, if not all, of the images below are focused stacked, which means you take a series of photos that are focused on slightly different parts of your subject and then blend them using Photoshop so that you end up with one picture of a very small object with a level of focus that you could not otherwise achieve.

When I first looked at these pictures, I didn’t think any were worth posting. They didn’t seem macro enough or crisp enough. But I took another look yesterday and realized that they aren’t as bad as I thought. (This is a common series of events for me, which is why I don’t delete photos right away.) Anyway, here they are.


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This one of a fly both fascinates me and totally grosses me out.


The following aren’t really macro, but they were focus stacked as well. Have you ever seen a Columbine this color?

columbinepinkpink&yellowpurpleredupside down butterfly

wet butterfly.jpg


Speaking of butterflies . . . I think I’m going to get to visit the Wonderland again next month with Amy! Whoo hoo!

If you’re interested in macro, I highly recommend Bruce and Amy’s book. It will demystify the whole process. Plus, it’s full of amazing images.

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