Unimatic and photo stacking

Reading the September 14 issue of the Colossal newsletter, I came across the winners of the Nikon 2021 Photomicrography Contest, an award dating back to 1975, showcasing beautiful images that could be used as inspiration both for horror sci-fi movies and product design.

Eye of a horsefly (Tabanus sudeticusOliver Dum

Hind leg of a male frog-legged beetle (Sagra buquetiDr. Andrew Mark Posselt

Slime mold (Comatricha nigraTimothy Boomer

Slime mold (Arcyria pomiformisAlison Pollack

These photos are taken using Focus stacking, a technology “similar in principle to HDR photography. However, images are captured with different focus points and later combined” (credits).

That reminded the teachings of my friend Moro at Unimatic Watches, a watchmaking company based in Milan that creates beautiful diving watches. Last time he showed me the photo studio inside their headquarters, where some of their shots are taken with this technique.

Unimatic – Modello Uno

I took pictures of a huge plastic box with every Unimatic model ever made, some of them now on sale at an aftermarket price three times the original price. And my pixel 3 was doing his job pretty well, as you can see below.

So I found out that the HDR+ function of the Pixel 3 not only manages the lighting, but also the focus, by doing several images with different apertures, as it can be be seen in the “Portrait mode”.