Callery Pear, filament and anthers, Heesch, Netherlands
This is a macro stack from an individual flower of a tree that grows in our garden: Pyrus calleryana Decne. During early spring, it produces several thousands of small flowers, about 2cm in size.
The funny thing about this stack is the making of. I was having my best friend Barry over, showing him my new stacking gear. Demonstrating a stack is very time confusing because of all the steps involved:
- composition and specimen preparation
- step length calculation
- rail positioning
- several lighting tests
- running the stack
- stacking the images
Not wanting to bore him out, I half-assed all steps. I put the thing on a clam, did nothing regarding lighting, just dialed in a gut feeling number, and ran the stack. While it ran, we did nothing to avoid vibration.
Through sheer luck, this careless stack turned out pretty well. Acceptably sharp, no stacking mistakes where background objects protrude into the foreground, and hardly any halos.
Life lesson: don't try so hard.
''Pyrus calleryana'', or the Callery pear, is a species of pear tree native to China and Vietnam, in the family Rosaceae. It is most commonly known for its cultivar 'Bradford', widely planted throughout the United States and increasingly regarded as an invasive.