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Thursday, 20 August 2015

Cutting a leaf and creating an animation

I had the great pleasure, today, of watching a Megachile leaf-cutter bee actually cutting a leaf.
I got the camera up as quickly as I could - I missed the start, of course, but then got 20 images as she worked her way around a perfect part-circle.

Here's an animation from those 20 images.

This was all handheld, so nothing was aligned properly.
In the past, I have manually adjusted and aligned each individual image to create an animation. Modern software, however, has some amazing tools to do this sort of thing for you.

After a little research in the help files and with a bit of experimentation, I was amazed how easy it was to create the animation using Lightroom and Photoshop. That's the beauty of top-notch software, I guess!