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this was taken last summer (2013)

the different types of lichen really looked great. any advice appreciated

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 1100D
Lens:18.0 - 55.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28.3 - 86.5 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:4 Sep 2013 - 10:40 AM
Focal Length:55mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/80sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:160
Exposure Mode:Not Defined
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Lichen
Username:meshklam meshklam
Uploaded:16 Jan 2014 - 9:11 PM
Tags:Flowers & plants, Wildlife / nature
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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
16 Jan 2014 - 9:23 PM

I like the subject and the wonderful focus work! GrinGrin
Excellent image! IB

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7420 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1001 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2014 - 8:33 AM

Parmelia the main species here, I think... Lichens are one of my other odd interests apart from photography...

I like what you have done here, using the diagonal of the twig to give a strong structure to the image. I think I would go for a closer crop though. You have isolated the detail in the centre of the frame, the very soft area top right in particular doesn't add anything.

I shall also try a light application of the burn tool to bring those details forward and make them even more tactile. Set to shadows, about 2% or 3% exposure, and a large brush size.

I shall upload a Mod shortly, I hope...
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 17 Jan 2014 - 8:35 AM

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom850 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2014 - 9:07 AM

A very fair effort at macro/close up with less than ideal tools. Standard zooms are no the best at such shots. You are a tiny bit under exposed resulting in a slightly dark image with green cast. Brighten things up a bit and the green will go. Ideally, you needed f11 or even 16, although zoom lenses tend not to perform as well at small apertures.

You would benefit from that inreased depth of field, but thn a tripod would be needed as high ISO is not a good idea for detailed natural history shots.

Paul

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