Hollyhock Flower with Olympus Focus Stacking II

Here is another shot of some Hollyhock flowers and buds I photographed in my backyard the other night here in Bozeman, Montana with my Olympus OM-D E-M1X camera using the M.Zuiko 300mm f4 Pro lens.

I used the Focus Stacking feature of the camera set up for 15 shots with a focus differential of 2, with my camera mounted onto my Benro tripod with settings of ISO 200 at 1/400s at f/11.

I really wanted to give ON1 RAW 2019.5 a shot at processing this but ran into two issues: 1) It doesn’t look like ON1 does more than 14-image focus stacks, and 2) the results from focus-stacking 14 of the 15 images were not good at all and was going to take way too much cleanup 😢

So I processed the RAW files in Lightroom, then sent the 15 images to Photoshop for the focus stacking. Because there was a light breeze and everything was moving ever so slightly between frames, even Photoshop didn’t do a perfect job of the stacking and I had a little bit of cleanup work to do.

I next brought the photo into ON1 RAW to do a little more cleanup using their edge aware brushes. Then I sent the file to the new Topaz Labs Studio 2 to finish the stylizing of this image.

In the above screenshot you can see the filters I used in Topaz Studio 2. All were very subtle adjustments, which provided me with the look I wanted.

Disclosure about product links and affiliations: Some of the links I provide are affiliate links which means I get a small commission, with no additional cost to you, if you click it and end up buying something. It helps me provide free educational resources and articles. So if you use them, thank you! My affiliations however never influence my opinions on any products/services and I am only affiliated with companies whose products/services I personally use.

[pexblogposts pex_attr_title=”Recent Blog Posts” pex_attr_cat=”-1″ pex_attr_layout=”columns” pex_attr_number=”4″ pex_attr_columns=”4″][/pexblogposts]

Scroll to Top