Swallow tail Butterfly Head and Scales

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Swallowtail butterfly, Papilio machaon head, D810, Mitutoyo M Plan Apo 5x infinity microscope objective mounted on a 200mm Micro-Nikkor, [email protected]/60, ISO64, focus stacked using a StackShot, processed with Zerene Stacker and Photoshop. 166 shots.

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#2 Scales shot as above with a 20x objective, 232 shots.
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#3 shot as above, 174 shots.

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Thanks for looking.
 
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You are killing me! Words cannot adequately express how good these are! The fine veining in the last one is impressive.

Where do you get the specimens to photograph?
 
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You are killing me! Words cannot adequately express how good these are! The fine veining in the last one is impressive.

Where do you get the specimens to photograph?
Thanks, I collect my own specimens. Generally I have a fairly short turn around time because many specimens change in captivity, especially the eyes.
 
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Another spectacular set, Steve. Very impressive.

I see that you use Zerene Stacker. Have you compared it with others? I've been happy with Helicon Focus, but it was several years ago that I did comparisons and I can't remember why I chose it.
 
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Another spectacular set, Steve. Very impressive.

I see that you use Zerene Stacker. Have you compared it with others? I've been happy with Helicon Focus, but it was several years ago that I did comparisons and I can't remember why I chose it.
Thanks Jim!

Over the years I have tried most software for stacking. I was incredibly frustrated after buying a copy of Helicon Focus, dealing with haloing and not having having an easy and accurate method for retouching from an aligned and sized stack.

Just when I needed it, I heard from Rik Littlefield asking me to beta test a stacking program he was developing. The first image set I tried it on blew my mind and I have been using it ever since. Rik has continuously made improvements, including the capability to program Zerene to process multiple sets automatically. This means I can set up multiple stacks to do the computer intensive processing over night.

This was my first test stack with Zerene. Without all the bells and whistles it did a tremendous job on an image that Helicon could not handle. Rhagium inquisitor, a Cerambycid (long horned beetle).
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Thanks Jim!

Over the years I have tried most software for stacking. I was incredibly frustrated after buying a copy of Helicon Focus, dealing with haloing and not having having an easy and accurate method for retouching from an aligned and sized stack.

Just when I needed it, I heard from Rik Littlefield asking me to beta test a stacking program he was developing. The first image set I tried it on blew my mind and I have been using it ever since. Rik has continuously made improvements, including the capability to program Zerene to process multiple sets automatically. This means I can set up multiple stacks to do the computer intensive processing over night.

This was my first test stack with Zerene. Without all the bells and whistles it did a tremendous job on an image that Helicon could not handle. Rhagium inquisitor, a Cerambycid (long horned beetle).
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Your applications are certainly much more demanding than mine, and that image provides an excellent testimonial for Zerene. Thanks for the info.
 

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