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I liked the little one and the shadow effect
Some advise/tips are most welcome

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 1100D
Lens:EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:24 Oct 2013 - 1:30 PM
Focal Length:21mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/5.0
Shutter Speed:1/40sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:He, little one
Username:kuipje kuipje
Uploaded:3 Apr 2014 - 8:24 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, high quality, In focus
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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
3 Apr 2014 - 8:31 AM

WOW!
Love the POV! Love those well lit up spider webs as well.
IB

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom854 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2014 - 8:49 AM

Well seen. The lighting must have been low to need 800ISO. You just need to work on the foreground which is actually the brightest bit of the image and thus the most eye catching. You would struggle with flash fill as that would make the foreground even worse. Could you have removed thise twigs?

Paul

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kuipje
kuipje Junior e2 Member kuipje vcard Netherlands
3 Apr 2014 - 10:17 AM

Thank IB and Paul.
I could have remove those twigs but i think it makes the picture more complet. But i could have made them (and the righthand corner) a bit darker.
Thanks again
Bianca & Jos

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10869 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2869 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2014 - 3:13 PM

It doent work for me Bianca & Jos, simply because the point of focus is not on the small fungus. If you look closely, at the top of the large mushroom, that edge is very crisp and sharp, - this is where the lens focused. Its also why those spider threads are sharp.

When you combine this with the closeness of the subject, and the relatively wide aperture, the real focal point becomes too soft.

Its really not easy to get this right without using manual focusing, as AF can do just whats we see here, especially if you are using the default multiple focus point setting. Using a single focus point can improve the success rate, but Manual is the best.

Its OK too to do some gardening at the time of shooting to move those twigs so they dont block the shot. They dont make it complete for me, they are simply in the way, and are relatively large.


regards



Willie

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7436 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1024 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2014 - 4:58 PM

You found a lovely subject with the three toadstools, I particularly like the tiny one! Well done for going in close and using the curve of the one on the right rather than trying to include the full shape. I'd like to see a few more pixels at the top, but not many.

But...


Quote: I could have remove those twigs but i think it makes the picture more complet.

Sorry to disagree! Shallow depth of field is a very attractive way of isolating a subject in its own small world, but it's very difficult to manage a sharp subject that's behind foreground blur, the out of focus area acts as a barrier and prevents the eye from exploring properly. We are (in our imagination) lying there on the forest floor looking at these up close, and the twigs are getting in the way. What is closest to the eye here needs to be sharp, substantial, tactile.
Moira

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kuipje
kuipje Junior e2 Member kuipje vcard Netherlands
3 Apr 2014 - 8:12 PM

Thanks all for your comments.
It was not my attention to make the "little"one sharp but the spider threads but i know what you mean.
Thanks again for your comments/advise/tips
This photo was shot in a botanic garden. I put them all into a YouTube video. Let me know what your thoughts are about this
regards
Bianca & Jos



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