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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

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By Advanced Imaging Editorial Staff

Helicon Shares In Small World Victory

At Manhattan’s Hudson Theater, Nikon Instruments (Melville, NY) announced that Charles B. Krebs of Charles Krebs Photography (Issaquah, WA) was the winner of the 31st Small World Competition. The winning photograph was of a muscoid fly (house fly) magnified at 6.25x using reflected light.

The photograph was a composite of 55 images. Krebs used Helicon Focus Pro software from Helicon Co. (Kharkiv, Ukraine), which he uses for photomicrography applications. “The program that I use does a good job,” he says. “I used it in conjunction with (Adobe) Photoshop since I had to tweak [the image] a bit. If there’s an extruded depth of field, I’ll use Helicon Focus.”

Helicon Focus Pro solves shallow depth-of-field problems that occur in macroshooting at less than 10 centimeters, and digital microphotography using optical microscopes. The program finds the focused areas in each image and combines them into one focused image. It has an enhanced algorithm, as well as a “dust map” feature that removes dust and hot pixels from the resulting image.

“Mr. Krebs does stunning photos and I am happy to hear he is using our program,” says Danylo Kozub, chief software developer for Helicon Co.

Kozub said that his company is working on a newer version of Focus Pro, which will include an editable depth map. “This should save a lot of time with manual fixing of optical artifacts,” he says. “Our goal is to simplify the manual tweaking if complete automation is not possible.”

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