In this image my goal was to lead the viewer’s eye through the image using the rocks as stepping stones. I felt that it was important that all of the stones be equally sharp. Focus stacking multiple images using photoshop or and dedicated software is one option.
There is another option however and it is one of the oldest techniques in photography, use a tilt shift lens. In the case of this image I used a 90mm tilt shift lens. By tilting the lens forward from the top was able to see all of the stones snap into focus. I used live view to make sure that the image was sharp front to back before I made the photograph. Using this lens in the field I avoid many of the problems I typically run into when stacking images and more importantly I save time. Using a tilt shift lens will give you control over the image very similar to what Ansel Adams achieved using a view camera.
I created this image at Big South Fork NRA which is the site of the workshop this Fall, October 26-29th, 2017 that I will be leading with Ron Rice.
If you own a tilt shift and want to learn how to use it more effectively or if you are considering getting one I will be demonstrating this technique and others that this lens makes possible at the workshop.
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