A bit of yellow, and some grumbling

I see that the Lords of WordPress have decided that I don’t need to see previews of my posts any more, unless I use their “visual” editor, which I dislike. I also don’t see a way to schedule posts for future publication, despite the claims in the “Help” tab in the editor. I’ve been using WordPress for about ten years now, but if there are many further “improvements,” I may look for another platform.

Update: the post-editing page is back to normal.

Cross your eyes

It will probably be six to eight weeks before colorful botanical subjects are available outdoors again, so here’s another toy soldier in stereo. (Cross your eyes until you see three images, then focus on the middle image.)

Today’s weirdo

Bulbophyllum Elizabeth Ann "Jean" (Bulb. longissimum x Bulb. rothschildianum)
Bulbophyllum Elizabeth Ann “Jean” (Bulb. longissimum x Bulb. rothschildianum)

Many orchids have attractive flowers. Others are bizarre, such as the bulbophyllum sticking its tongues out at you that I saw at the annual orchid show today.

Update: more pictures below the fold. Click to embiggen.

Update II: Welcome, visitors from AoSHQ. Orchids are here. You can find other botanical pictures here and here. Ballet and modern dance are here; contra dancing is with the other Walnut Valley Festival pictures. Stereo pictures, stacked focus and other photographic stunts are here. There are interactive panoramas here.

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The return of the archer

Archer

More fun with focus stacks in stereo. This one is composed from 58 images in two stacks. It’s a cross-view stereo, i.e., the right eye focuses on the left image and the left eye on the right. Cross-view images are not as comfortable to view as parallel-view, in which the left eye focuses on the left image,1 but they can be much larger.

You can view this at various sizes by clicking on the picture or opening it in a new window. At the largest size (1920 pixels wide) it probably won’t all fit on your monitor, but you will be able to see the upper half in great detail.

The wrong side of the gate

Sailor Mercury

I was disappointed that Rory Mercury wasn’t at the anime convention today. Sailor Mercury was there, though, as was One Punch [Wo]man.

One Punch

There are a bunch more pictures that will take some time to go through.

Cosplayers

Update: I’ve edited as many as I’m going to. As usual, the organizers did their damnedest to make taking pictures difficult, and none that I took are any better than snapshots. You can see them all here.

I have no idea who this is supposed to be.

The final poppy

Orange poppy

I’m tired of seeing that ugly car first thing every time I check my website, so here is the last poppy picture of the year. Below is the first nine o’clock picture. (The common name of Mirabilis jalapa is “four o’clock,” but heat and daylight “savings” time means that they don’t open until around nine in the evening during Kansas summers.)

Mirabilis jalapa

For those interested in technical stuff: the top picture was assembled in Helicon Focus from 36 separate f/11 images. The bottom picture is a single shot at f/16.

110 layers

Nigella damascena "Persian Jewels"
Nigella damascena “Persian Jewels”

In the field, stacked focus close-up photography is iffy. Sometimes you get good results, but usually there’s too much wind, the light is constantly changing, or it’s impossible to control the lens with sufficient accuracy to get a workable stack of a botanical subject.

It’s much easier to do indoors, where there is no wind, you can control the light and background, and you have a focusing rail handy. The picture of the very three-dimensional Nigella damascena above was assembled in Helicon Focus from 110 separate f/11 images and has a total depth of field of roughly three inches — not bad for a macro. (Click the image to see it larger; right-click and open in a new window to see it at full size.)

If 110 slices at f/11 sounds excessive, you’re right. Here’s another picture of the same flower composed from a stack of 31 images:

Nigella 31

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