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Photomagica
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Post by Photomagica » 06.11.2006 05:17

I'm mainly interested in using Helicon Focus with landscape images. I haven't seen many landscape images in this forum so I thought that other users and prospective users would enjoy my experience making this image.

The originals were made with a Canon 5D and 24-105mm f4 L lens, with the lens set at f14. There were five images in the stack. Helicon Focus worked on the original RAW CR2 files.

Helicon focus did a very good job of merging the stack. The flowers were moving in the wind and the effective focal length of the lens changed with the focal distance. Helicon Focus did not fully compensate for these issues, however the brushes tool made it easy to remove any artifacts. It took about an hour to do artifact removal on the rather complex image.

The only thing I would do differently next time is to process the RAW images first. The exposure is a little hot, damaging the highlight detail in the light flowers. This could have been easily corrected in Adobe Bridge.

The images were made this summer (2006) in an alpine meadow high above Floe Lake, in Kootenay National Park, Canadian Rockies.
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Post by Dan Kozub » 06.11.2006 10:05

Bill,

Thanks for this example. Many users asked me if Helicon Focus can be used for landscape photography.

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Post by Ariel » 19.11.2006 20:12

What happens if you're shooting a landscape with water and there are waves? Or if in one shot, a flower is leaning differently than in another shot? Can Helicon Focus detect these differences and correct for them? That would be really cool and the photo would look sharper/cleaner!

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Post by Photomagica » 27.11.2006 08:58

In the example above the flowers were moving in the wind. In some cases the motion from image to image exceeded the diameter of the flower. Helicon Focus did not compensate for this automatically. The brush tools provided a very easy way to correct for motion among the images in the stack. I expect the same would be the case for moving water.

In some cases I can imagine that NOT correcting for motion might be an interesting artisting effect.

I urge users of Helicon Focus to try it on non-macro subjects. It is a delightful and effective tool.
Bill Peters

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