This article shares a small selection of handheld in-camera focus stacked dragonfly images that were captured at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington Ontario. These photographs fall under the ‘push my gear and see what happens’ category. All were captured using an E-M1X, M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS zoom lens, and M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter. This set-up was shot fully extended which creates an equivalent field-of-view of 1600 mm. All of the photographs in this article were created during the same photo session as described in my previous article.
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If my memory serves, I set the number of focus stacked frames to 8 and used a focus differential of 3. There was a slight breeze so I needed to time my shutter release during very short periods of relative calm.
You will find that the various photographs in this article are very similar in composition and lighting. I found that the E-M1X’s in-camera focus stacking worked very well with this subject matter.
I thought it was important to show a small collection of successful handheld in-camera focus stacked dragonfly images. This demonstrates that the E-M1X’s in-camera focus stacking technology is easy to use and can generate consistently positive results. As you can see with the first four photographs in this article, dragonflies often return repeatedly to the same perch.
Writing an article of this sort and only showing one or two images would not adequately demonstrate the E-M1X’s in-camera focus stacking capability. It really is easy to use… even handheld at 1600 mm efov.
Any of the in-camera focus stacking errors that I encountered were due to me not timing my image runs properly given the intermittent breeze, or lapses in my handheld technique.
As is the case with any technology where multiple handheld images are being combined in-camera, having good technique is important. Using a soft, smooth finger movement to activate your shutter release is also needed.
Using the M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS zoom lens with the M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter mounted on an E-M1X is a very effective tool to capture images of insects. The only caveat is that good light is needed. When fully extended this set-up uses a minimum aperture of f/13.
Photographs were captured handheld using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. Images are out-of-camera jpegs. Crops are noted. Minor corrections were done in the Nik Collection and Topaz Denoise AI was applied. This is the 1,063rd article published on this website since its original inception.
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