June and some nice weather arrives!

Some opportunities to get out and about with the new camera!

First, a little shot of a Garden Spider hiding beneath a buttercup in my front garden.  This frame is cropped to roughly DX size or smaller – something not possible with the D3S (too few pixels to play with) and is a stack of two frames (handheld) – one for the abdomen, and one for the head and legs.  The technique for this kind of shooting, which I’ve carried over from the D3S, is to take a burst of shots maintaining the focus point on the head, and then selecting the frames which have the best sharpness.  Maintaining the focus point is important if you want to get a clean stack because the frames can be more easily aligned.

Araneus diadematus (male)


Nikon D800E/200f4micro/cpl/SB600+softbox

Stack of 2 frames, cropped

ISO 640 1/250 f/16 handheld


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