Macro Photography of Flowers - Nick Delany Photography

A bee's perspective of an Iris bloom


In North West USA,  the Iris will bloom from May to July in many thousand varieties.

Recently I photographed some Iris flowers using the photo stacking technique to obtain what I think is some of the best photography I have made of this subject. For those of you unfamiliar with the technique, I set up the camera on a tripod to take multiple photos of the same subject at differing focal lengths. I will then take 20- 50 photos and merge them using a computer program into a single image. This creates an image of exceptional focus recorded with an open aperture maximizing the light.

Photos from Macro Photography Flower Gallery

I use a Nikon D850 DSLR with a Nikkor 105MM Macro lens mounted on a tripod. I will start the first photograph focused on the nearest point of the flower and then program it to take multiple incremental photos (20 to 50) at increasing focal lengths. I will then import all of the images into  photo processing software to determine the exact number of images I want to merge thus controlling exactly what will be in focus. I then use the merging software to create the final image. Then I export the image back into the photo processing software for final adjustment or cropping of the image.

Now comes the fun part !

The Macro lenses provide so much detail that it possible to enlarge the images to tell another story

Pollen covered fly on an Iris

Pollen covered fly on an Iris

Aphid on an Orange Rose

A Bee's perspective of the Silken Trim Iris

Iris - Silken Trim close Crop

Comments are welcome !