6 responses to “Stellarioides tenuifolia”

  1. Elizabeth parnis

    Beautiful photography interesting plant. Thanks

  2. Elizabeth Revell

    What beautiful texture on the petals, and it’s just about possible to count the pollen grains!
    Really interesting reading, too, about the chromosome numbers and the significance.

  3. Vaneet

    Great picture. Which lens did you use?

  4. jessica

    Fabulous photos and very interesting article.

  5. Trella

    Wow, these are incredibly beautiful! And what great photos! What’s not to like about this unusual species? The chromosome numbers info is really interesting.

  6. Bruce Brethauer

    Hello Vaneet
    This images utilize a variety of techniques to achieve maximum depth of field and magnification, including Focus Stacking which involves taking (in these cases) several dozen images, making minor shifts in focus between exposures, and processing the combined images through a focus stacking program (in my case, I use Helicon Focus software) to select for only the sharpest pixels
    I also use double reverse lenses to increase magnification – it involves mounting a second lens to the front of the primary lens – (in much the same manner that people use a loupe to examine gems, insects etc.) My primary lens is an old Vivitar 90mm macro lens which predates the digital revolution in photography – I acquired it used more than 20 years ago, and it has served as my primary macro lens ever since. The secondary lens was either 135mm Rodenstock enlarging lens or a 187mm enlarging/graphic arts lens which I acquired during my years in the printing industry (when the printing industry went digital, the graphic arts cameras which were once the work horses of the industry became obsolete, and lots of really fine lenses were literally throw away).

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