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Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada
May 7, 2015
Size: .45 mm
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Depth of field
is always a problem with critters of this size. A way around this is focus stacking. For this the critter has to hold still for the whole series of pictures, like this one apparently did. I use CombineZ, freeware, that works pretty well.

Motion is our friend
Thank-you for your comment. I was trying to get more out of these photos than there was to be had but they won't stack.

With such a challenging depth of field, the context of vaque detail is sometimes enhanced by comparing one photo to another closely related photo either back and forth or in an animated sequence/GIF. To achieve this I use GIMP to align one or more photos about a common point. This can help with depth of field, critter motion/posture, color changes, etc. It also frees me from the rigors of steadying the subject or camera which is alltogether impractical shooting live subjects from awkward/painful positions. Hopefully select sequences are informative and consistent with the focus of the website.

For better examples, see my posts of Lepidocyrtus, Eupodidae (3 similar images) or Platygastridae (several pairs), amoungst others.

As background, when I started learning digital photography, I concentrated on several common species that "stood still" and used the camera's focus bracketing feature under natural light. As I reviewed the resulting images in sets of three, I was amazed to see the bugs were not just standing still. On my Flickr account I've posted photos of Tomocerus minor (switch back or forward on the photostream) moving it's abdominal bothriotricha and a video of Dicyrtomidae that I was prompted to take after noticing color variations between individual images.

Just trying to help my G11 be all that it can be.

Moved from Mites and Ticks.

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