“Leaving Christmas Behind” as a TIE fighter escapes as the Christmas holidays come to a close.


(Straight Out Of Camera)




Nikon D810
Nikon 105mm f/2.8
400 ISO
140 images taken on a macro rail moving about 0.2 mm closer per shot


  • Raised exposure, contrast, shadows and whites
  • Lowered highlights and blacks
  • Raised Clarity

The 140 photos were then exported to…

Helicon Stack

Used Helicon Stacking to make a single shot all in focus. It did a much better job then Photoshop and will be my go-to for stacking in the future.


Helicon was like magic and gave a lot of detail to this photo.




I tried to take the shots with Christmas lights in behind, but as the camera moves the bokeh balls change and move too, so I just cheated…


And layered a shot of the lights on top, and then masked in the fighter…


Which left me with this.


The Empire has been defeated by Christmas but will be back next year if their finances have been restored.

Final Thoughts


Today on boxing day I purchased a new 4K monitor and when set to RGB mode, I finally found out why my photos seem darker online. Here is more like what this shot looked like on my screen…


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