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Taken in the garden of a friend where I got down into the flower bed and shoot towards the light to back-light the hair follicles . As I did not have my tripod, my camera was handheld so whilst it's not pin sharp, with several attempts, I got it as sharp as I could.

I shot it in RAW with 70-300 lens, manual focus at 180 mm and ISO speed 200.

In Photoshop, all I did was some tweaking to darken the background a bit and then enhance the green.

I was tempted to crop some of the top off, decided against it but now cant make up my mind which I prefer.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 450D
Lens:70-300mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:3 Jun 2012 - 5:30 PM
Focal Length:180mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.6
Aperture:f/4.5
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Budding Poppy
Username:Disee Disee
Uploaded:29 Jun 2012 - 4:28 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Flowers & plants
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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
29 Jun 2012 - 4:39 PM

Good macro detail in this shot and I like the angle it's taken at, regards,Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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Trev_B e2 Member 7102 forum postsTrev_B vcard England63 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jun 2012 - 7:00 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Dinah, not using a tripod doesn't always mean your images are not going to be sharp. Looking at your EXIF data you are using an aperture of f4.5, shutter speed of 1/160 a focal length of 180mm and an ISO value of 200.

The wide aperture is going to give you a shallow depth of field, making your focussing critical, try f8 this will give you some depth.
At 180mm you should be using a shutter speed of at least 1/300, the faster speed will reduce the effect of camera shake. To workout the shutter speed when hand holding a camera click on this link
Finally increase your ISO setting to achieve changes to both of the above.

And don't forget to use the unsharp mask to sharpen the image.

Hope this helps.

Trev

Last Modified By Trev_B at 29 Jun 2012 - 7:04 PM

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29 Jun 2012 - 8:13 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

As Trevor has said, same for me, and Ive uploaded a mod where I have applied sharpening and cropped. It responds well on the front to sharpening, - so you need to sharpen after you re size, and the shallow dof prevents the parts of the bud further from the lens from being sharp as theyre out of focus.

faster shutter, smaller aperture, higher ISO was needed.



regards


Willie

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jun 2012 - 10:17 AM

The lack of focus is a shame and shows the true value of a tripod or monopod as a minimum. Like most similar shots I prefer a square crp and so have uploaded a mod to demonstrate it. The sharpening has little effect on the hairs that you memntioned but nevertheless I have sharpened it before uploading the mod.

Frank

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paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom844 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jun 2012 - 9:05 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

It's not depth of field that is the problem - it's movement. You have no chance with the settings you used I fear without a support and a shot of this type must be sharp. Willie's mod does come close to a sharp plane and then. I must admit, a little more depth would help.

It is my opinion that a grainy sharp image is much more to be prefered to a smooth unsharp one. Thus, if you do not want to use flash in similar situations, ramp up the ISO.

Paul

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Disee
Disee  4 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2012 - 11:50 PM

Thank you all for your helpful comments all taken on board. Willie and Frank thanks for your mods, I will go back to the original and play around with it following what you have done and advised. Frank I do like the square crop and framing very much.

Taking your tips, I will try again - with a tripod - and see what I can come up with.

Thank you again for taking the trouble.

Dinah

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