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A macro shot taken of a very small fern growing from a crevice in a stone dyke on a very overcast and rainy day. It was the vivid colour of the young plant against the dark wall reaching up to the light that I wanted to capture in an abstract way. The shot was hand held as the tripod was still in the car!!

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:90mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:12 May 2013 - 6:17 PM
Focal Length:90mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/2.8
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:640
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Reach for the Sky
Username:briantjjones briantjjones
Uploaded:13 May 2013 - 10:19 AM
Tags:Flowers & plants, Macro abstract
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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41207 forum posts United Kingdom198 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2013 - 6:50 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

As you probably know, the hand-holding has taken the edge off the sharpness, as has the limited depth of field at f/2.8. There seems to be a bit of luminance noise in the background too.

I think just cleaning up the composition would have helped - ie including the tip of the frond at the top right and not having any extraneous bits like the extra leaf at bottom left. A polariser would have helped with the colour saturation by helping to remove the highlights and intensifying the green (by eliminating the scattered light) at the expense of a couple of stops of light. You cannot replicate the effect of a polariser digitally.

This really is a tripod shot, as these little things are usually tucked away in dark corners and require longer exposures with bigger depth of fields.

I would say, lower ISO to 100, use a tripod, aperture in the f/11-f/16, use a polariser and let the shutter speed do what it wants.

Nick

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom854 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2013 - 8:54 AM

Nick covers it pretty well although not sure the reflected light from vegetation is polarised. Would need to try it.

Paul

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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41207 forum posts United Kingdom198 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2013 - 7:11 PM

Reflected light from foliage isn't polarised - it's scattered light, which is why using a polariser will all but eliminate it, strengthening the colours.

Polarisers will help eliminate non-metallic reflections, more effectively the closer to Brewster's Angle you get.

Nick

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