Iris with the Platypod Handle and Bob Coates

Words by Bob Coates - A Platypod Pro
Edited by Eryka Bagwell

This was put together using focus stacking with 64 images. Captured with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III, 60mm Macro Lens and the focus stack capture mode. After the images were captured they were then loaded into Helicon Focus stacking software ( Once the image was rendered it went through Adobe Photoshop and NIK Color EFX Pro 5. Selective sharpening and blurring were used to enhance the painterly feel.



  • Platypod eXtreme
  • Platypod Handle
  • 2 Lume Cube waterproof LEDs
  • Lume Cube RGB Panel Pro
  • Platyball Ergo
  • 7 Goosenecks
  • Mini Super Clamp to hold the mirror
  • Pluto Trigger


I mounted the Platypod Handle on my Platypod eXtreme and set the handle to it's full extension (10.5") with the Platyball Ergo mounted on top. This made for a comfortable height with which to work on the table. I extended the front legs of the eXtreme to give a little more stability to the set-up as it was a little front heavy. I added a couple Platypod silicone pads to keep the eXtreme from sliding on the set. Lume Cubes were used as main foreground and accent lights. The Lume Cube Panel Pro added overall fill light. The mirror kicked a bit of light from the front main light as an accent in the middle of the iris. Having the 1/4 inch threaded sockets made it easy to add Goosenecks for light and accessory placement. Pluto Trigger was employed to fire the camera remotely so as not to jostle the camera because of macro capture.

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