Focus stacked landscape pano

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Focus stacked landscape pano

Unread postby Bill T. » 23.04.2010 07:54

Just wanted to thank all you great Helicon Focus Pro programmers for a terrific program! The user interface is first rate, and the ability to export directly from Lightroom to Helicon Focus Pro is absolutely wonderful. A lot of thought went into making Helicon fit well into the workflow and it shows.

This is stitch made up of 4 stacks, 5 images per stack. In the thirty inch high prints you can see everything sharp as a tack from the nearest pebbles to tree branches on the mountain tops. My customers are just amazed by that.

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Re: Focus stacked landscape pano

Unread postby joey » 02.05.2010 19:13

Looks good Bill
What camera sys did you use?
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Re: Focus stacked landscape pano

Unread postby Bill T. » 06.05.2010 08:37

Canon 5DMKII with an old 55mm manual focus Micro Nikkor, and a homebrew pano head made out of a few pieces Oak. A shaky setup, good thing Helicon is able to register the images so well.

Also shot 3 deep HDR stacks at each focus position, so a total of 15 images at each of the 4 pano positions. That's 60 camera images total. Lot of post processing, made somewhat easier by the way Helicon fits well into the Lightroom workflow. Would be nice if Helicon could just pick up a specified number of images at a time from a directory and batch process them without having to specify which images were in each batch.

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Re: Focus stacked landscape pano

Unread postby Stas Yatsenko » 06.05.2010 12:53

Thanks for the idea. Do you want Helicon Focus to monitor the folder? Or to select only images that were not yet processed? And congratulations on the great panorama.

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Re: Focus stacked landscape pano

Unread postby tived » 18.09.2010 18:09

Batch processing of images would be really handy, have a look at Photomatix, and their Batch processor for HDR.

There you can specify the number if images in the HDR stack, and process, something similar could be done here (and just to add to it a bit, do panoramic stitching, hdr and focus stacking) yeah I know, not asking for much :-)

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Re: Focus stacked landscape pano

Unread postby Stas Yatsenko » 20.09.2010 15:16

Usually every new stack is places in a new folder, so this type of batch processing will not work. The images for focus stacking are very similar and the only criterion to split them to stacks is the time difference between shots, which is not very reliable. BTW, you can add several tasks to queue and process them all later.

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Re: Focus stacked landscape pano

Unread postby 35degsouth » 16.10.2010 09:55

Hi Bill, Love the image. Can you inform me of the approx focus distances to get overlap of depth of field.
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Re: Focus stacked landscape pano

Unread postby sh1 » 22.11.2014 20:31

Hi there,

Just wanted to ask a quick question about the order of your workflow.....I have just taken up photography and have started shooting multi row panoramic images, however, much of the time I need to bracket for exposure and focus stack. Is there a preferred method for processing such images (ie, first focus stack all the like exposures and then HDR or HDR for each focus point and then stack at the end. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks

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Re: Focus stacked landscape pano

Unread postby Stas Yatsenko » 25.11.2014 13:09

I would suggest to do focus stacking first. You will probably find useful menu\Enqueue stack command which can split combined stacks into substacks and process them in batch mode.

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Re: Focus stacked landscape pano

Unread postby billfing » 13.05.2015 04:35

Hmm.. Interesting.. How do you deal with 'ghosting" on a landscape such as bush, leaves, etc..?

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Re: Focus stacked landscape pano

Unread postby Stas Yatsenko » 15.05.2015 12:22

With focus stacking automatic deghosting is not possible. HDR stack contains the same image but with different exposure, so the program can exclude pixels that fell out out general rule. In focus stacking, each layer contains different image, the program is never able to guess if the pixel has changed due to focus change or due to movement of the object.

You can try to HDR stack first with deghosting and then do focus stacking. Just remember that Helicon Focus requires images of the same size as an input.


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