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Tried my luck at a Macro lens, manual focus.... I only went out to check the bird table and found insects around the apples

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 600D
Lens:50.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 78.0 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:17 Jun 2012 - 5:18 PM
Focal Length:50mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Feasting on my apples
Username:advancedbiker advancedbiker
Uploaded:17 Jun 2012 - 7:17 PM
Tags:Insects, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
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aeras
aeras  2 Cyprus6 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2012 - 9:26 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Nigel you say you used a macro lens. There is though severe noise and loss of detail and depth in your photo suggesting excessive cropping. Maybe you weren't close enough for the insect to fill the frame ?
You could also close your lens some more to gain some more depth into the frame since your speed was not too low. It would be better to use higher iso (800) to gain more depth by closing your lens 2 or so stops without sacrificing any shutter speed.
I tried a mod to remove the noise and adjust color , but image size was very low to begin with.

Take care

Charles

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10901 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2897 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2012 - 10:03 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Nigel, - Charles has done a good job with the mod, so a few other areas for me. You used a 50mm lens, - you mention macro lens so I assume its the 50mm Macro.

The macro allows you to get quite close to the subject so severe cropping isnt needed. In fact this lens is a half macro, meaning the size of the subject will be half life sized, - theres an adaptor Canon have to make it a full macro.

In macro shooting, the single most important thing to know and understand is depth of field. This is controlled by the aperture, AND the distance to the subject, AND the focal length.

Heres a very useful link you should take a look at: http://www.dofmaster.com/dofjs.html

Use Aperture Priority and select a smaller aperture than you have, - you will understand why when you read the link; then use the ISO setting to get a shutter speed of at least 1/200 for this type of shot, and have access to a solid support. Your shots will just jump way up in quality.




Hope this is helpful,


Regards



Willie

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom859 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2012 - 8:33 AM

The main problem here is that it's not sharp enough and for this type of image it must be critically sharp. There is an indication of a plane of focus, but nowhere is the image fully sharp so we have camera movement. I assume this is a Canon lens - or is it third party? You are actually shooting at 80mm and the magnification factor also magnifies movement. You need a camera support - monopod or tripod, or a faster shutter speed, but also a much smaller aperture - f16 at least.

Macro lenses are computed to be much sharper at small apertures than none macro. Thus there is a problem - how to get fast shutter speed - small aperture - correct exposure. Increased ISO is OK but quality drops - the opposite to the intended effect. A support - OK, but difficult to position with insects. (Longer focal length macro lenses are better for insect photography - you are further away.) Many photographers us flash, specialist rigs or ring flash. Well managed, the results can be excellent without black backgrounds and there is now enough light with the flash providing better than 1/1000 sec.

Paul

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