Watching this colorful beasty (at least for northern Europe) sitting at my garage I got out my macrolenses and had a go at it.
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It was quite a hassle to setup the tripod to let me shoot at 20cm above ground and have the camera at approx 30cm distance at the right angle at the subject. But fortunately it didn't move
For this image I mounted 8 shots taken at f/16 (and 1/4 sec, ISO 200) with small manual focus variations to create a stack which I finally merged in Photoshop CS4. RAW/NEF-conversion was also done in CS4 unfortunately as the CS4 converter or CaptureNX2 are clearly better at that. But I just took a shortcut there.
If you look closely at the image at full-resolution you can see some artifacts in the hairs which cross each other at different levels. But overall I'm quite content with the result.
So one thing I learned from this experience is that you can do focus stacking quite well with manual focussing, contrary to what I claimed here
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