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odd shapes of water

Brand:Nikon CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D40X Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:13 Feb 2011 - 5:14 PM
Focal Length:200mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.8
Aperture:f/5.0
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:560
Exposure Mode:Not Defined
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:drops
Username:raunaqsingh raunaqsingh
Uploaded:13 Feb 2011 - 6:00 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Wildlife / nature
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lianna
lianna  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2011 - 8:11 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

An interesting image, nice idea and very well timed. It has great potential. However it is let down by the fact it is out of focus!! Also I think a black BG would work well here to really make the leaf and dribble stand out and really emphasise it!!! I do not wish to be so critical so I hope your not offended!! Thus really can work with a few more attempts x x x

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Tooth
Tooth  95772 forum posts Ireland227 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2011 - 12:47 AM

LIanna has it nailed here..at least something has to be in pin-sharp focus. You'vegiven no details as to how you achieved the shot, though the exif says you didn't use flash. As Lianna says, there's potential here and the beauty of digital is that you can experiment with different techniques, set-ups and settings till you start to get something special. Keep at it and you'll get there

Stephen

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DRicherby
DRicherby  6269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2011 - 4:23 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Superb timing to get that great shape in the flowing water but, as has been said above, it does need to be sharp. Flash is essential and, for close-up work like this, you'll need to use a much narrower aperture -- around f/11 or f/16 -- to get everything in focus. A useful side-effect of this is that, with a narrow aperture, flash and a little distance to the background, you'll get a beautifully clean background because the intensity of the flash falls off so fast with distance (at twice the subject distance, the flash is delivering only a quarter as much intensity).

To get it sharp, you need to use a tripod and pre-focus. Hold a biro or something where the water will be falling and focus on that point, either auto-focus or manual. Then select manual focus and the focus will stay there. Remember that most lenses need refocusing if you change the zoom.

Also, if you can, try to leave a little more space at the bottom so the droplets have some room to fall into. Of course, if the background's black, you can always just extend the canvas; otherwise, zoom out or move back a little to give yourself more room to work with and crop if necessary.

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raunaqsingh
15 Feb 2011 - 11:38 AM

thank you everyone for the inputs.
i was focusing on the magnifying properties of water here...at the tip of the leaf you could see what i mean.
i agree its a little out of focus but i shall imprve it as i get used shooting with the inverted lens.

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