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Focus Stacking with Sony 85/1.4 GM: Getting that Impossible Depth of Field for Landscape Scenes

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See my instructional on focus stacking in Making Sharp Images.

Making an image like this has always been frustrating with a lens in the 85mm range (well, impossible): there is no way using a single frame to obtain a sharp foreground and subject and background. So it has always been a choice of how much blur to allow, and for what desired effect.

The use of f/11 is just sufficient for sharp foreground grass with the rear of the boulder starting to blur slightly. A second f/11 frame is thus needed if sharpness is desired on the beaver pond area and the far background.

In Making Sharp Images:

Example: Two-Frame Stack (Huge Boulder, Sony 85/1.4 GM)

Stacking notes and annotated focus placement are included as instructional notes.

 
Huge Boulder in Lundy Canyon Meadow, 2-frame stack
f11 @ 0.4 sec, ISO 100; 2016-08-17 06:36:15
Sony A7R II + Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM

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