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Crystal Druse - Stereo Macro by Ni0n Crystal Druse - Stereo Macro by Ni0n
A Macro Shot of a crystal druse with focus stacking. Composed out of 7 shots for the left eye and 9 shots for the right eye.

You need red/cyan glasses to watch it properly.

A shot from the outside structure:
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colinbm1 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Wow, this is a beautiful subject for anaglyph :thumbsup:
Col
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OnibalArt Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Like the texture, it make feel realistic. But why 7-9 shots for each eyes?
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Ni0n Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Each shot had a different focus point and then the sharpest areas of each shot were combined.
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Pazzazzu Featured By Owner Edited Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks for the explanation.  This is neat--

I guess in real world with a real camera you have to do this because of the focus.  Do you use a rig, or just move the camera over a set amount?

Nice stuff!
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Ni0n Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My camera was on a tripod and I only changed the focus. However, I heard that having a fixed focus and moving the camera on a rail is supposedly better. I haven't done that myself so I can't compare these two approaches.

Also note that some medium f-number should be used for the best result. A big f-number might increase the sharp area, but the overall sharpness is likely to be worse. Lenses are usually better optimized for some intermediate aperture size, and since you are using focus stacking, you might as well make some more pictures and use a f-number around 8 to 16.
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Pazzazzu Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks for the info.  How do you move it over for the other view?   If you don't use a rail, then do you just lift the tripod up and move it over a bit? 
Your technique of picking and choosing the areas of focus from a set of pictures is really neat.  And yes, I was wondering why not crank the f-number way up, but the intel about generalized sharpness not being as great was news to me.  Thanks for sharing!
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Ni0n Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Kind of didn't keep in mind that this was a stereo picture when answering your question. Yes, I actually used a rail mounted on my tripod to move left and right. Though, of course, if you do not have one at hand you might as well just move the tripod a bit. The stereo effect might not be as good as with precisely aligned images but it will be still there; The brain is very tolerant for such mistakes.
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OnibalArt Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ah yeah, this is focus bracketing I think. I try your picture to some friend, and some of them were not able to focus correctly (it nice cause its look like so deep, but its hard to focus). Anyway, thanks for the inspiration, I try one, like your, with lots of texture, and using the windows in the windows, to prevent the bad illusion in the border. If you have time :P - [link]
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Slippery-Stan Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
I knew I hung onto those old red/blue glasses for a reason! Awesome pic :-)
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Mariochaz Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thats crazy :DDD i can feel the depth
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only-melancholy Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Wow! So clean and perfect..
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Iulius90 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow... this is really great!
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jhmart1 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
Excellent, excellent work! This really is fantastic! :)
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relu65 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
Great deep and beautiful shot!
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stefmixo Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Photographer
:clap::clap::clap:
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thefailmaster Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
phenomenal!
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Ni0n Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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