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Gorgeous Tulip.

Ok, so I have this macro lens. I am really trying to get the hang of it. I see others where the macro work is crystal clear, mine is not there yet but I am enjoying playing around with it.

My aim for this picture was to capture the 'fringed' petals. They were magnificent and I really wanted to be able to do them justice.

thank you for any help, tips and suggestions.
Carol

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:24 Sep 2013 - 3:07 PM
Focal Length:100mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/800sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Macro work
Username:cazozphil cazozphil
Uploaded:24 Sep 2013 - 2:04 PM
Tags:Canberra, Floriade, Flowers & plants, Macro, Tulip
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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
24 Sep 2013 - 2:25 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Try increasing the ISO, to say 400 so you can have a smaller aperture. You will get more in focus

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
24 Sep 2013 - 4:00 PM

This is great Carole !!!

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richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5241 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Sep 2013 - 7:33 PM

Nice image Carol!! Continue playing - its working!!

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cazozphil
cazozphil e2 Member 1cazozphil vcard
24 Sep 2013 - 10:59 PM


Quote: Try increasing the ISO, to say 400 so you can have a smaller aperture. You will get more in focus


Quote: Try increasing the ISO, to say 400 so you can have a smaller aperture. You will get more in focus

Thank you will give that a go. I was trying in this shot to get the tips of the petals sharp as they were just amazing looking like they had been torn off. Gorgeous flower I haven't done it justice. I went for speed because it was a breezy day. I didn't think of increasing the ISO - doh!!!

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Lynniesefforts
Lynniesefforts e2 Member 3Lynniesefforts vcard Australia
25 Sep 2013 - 1:05 AM

Wonderful shot Carol, love the petal edgings.. good work..I want MY lens back..another 5 weeks to go !!!GrinGrin

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25 Sep 2013 - 1:58 PM

Pretty

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banehawi Critique Team 10826 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2830 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2013 - 3:39 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Best macro shots tips:

Tripod; manual focus, and not on the front edge like here; small aperture for greater depth of field, f/16 and over; wide aperture for a very selective focus, on a stamen for example, with the rest out of focus; remote shutter release, or if you done have one, use the self timer; dont use spot metering except in rare cases, - use the default. Spot has caused this to be very underexposed. You need loads of practice and experience with spot metering, so leave it aside and work on macro. Many macro shots will need a long exposure time, so indoors works well. And since the lens is so close to the subject, the slightest movement can ruin a shot, - hence the tripod and remote release.

Best to leave the ISO at 100, always the very best result, then select the aperture, - f/22 as an example, and expect a long exposure, - a second or so. Use Av, aperture priority, not program.

This link will help you understand depth of field, which is critical for macro. You can enter your camera and lens, with distance and aperture to see just how small the depth is in macro.

http://www.dofmaster.com/dofjs.html



Regards



Willie

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Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 1Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
25 Sep 2013 - 10:08 PM

Very nice. Cathy

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cazozphil
cazozphil e2 Member 1cazozphil vcard
26 Sep 2013 - 1:13 AM


Quote: Best macro shots tips:

Tripod; manual focus, and not on the front edge like here; small aperture for greater depth of field, f/16 and over; wide aperture for a very selective focus, on a stamen for example, with the rest out of focus; remote shutter release, or if you done have one, use the self timer; dont use spot metering except in rare cases, - use the default. Spot has caused this to be very underexposed. You need loads of practice and experience with spot metering, so leave it aside and work on macro. Many macro shots will need a long exposure time, so indoors works well. And since the lens is so close to the subject, the slightest movement can ruin a shot, - hence the tripod and remote release.

Best to leave the ISO at 100, always the very best result, then select the aperture, - f/22 as an example, and expect a long exposure, - a second or so. Use Av, aperture priority, not program.

This link will help you understand depth of field, which is critical for macro. You can enter your camera and lens, with distance and aperture to see just how small the depth is in macro.

http://www.dofmaster.com/dofjs.html



Regards



Willie

Thank you for that. I really want to get the best of my camera and lenses. I didn't use a tripod (had a 10 year old and 8 year old in toe). The floriade is only once a year and I think next year I will go by myself and use a tripod. In the meantime I will find more lovely flowers to photograph now that it springtime has finally arrived.
thanks again for your help
Carol

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7407 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom998 Constructive Critique Points
26 Sep 2013 - 8:32 AM

As above - smaller aperture will give greater depth of field, it's for you to experiment and get the depth that you want. Something else to consider is moving back a bit, a little further away from your subject - that will also increase your depth of field and will give a less cramped feel. I want a bit more space top and bottom of frame - you obviously didn't want too much background but the sides can be cropped.
The lighting has given lovely shadows particularly under the fringed edges, defining them. But I'd like to see just a bit more whiteness in the petals, maybe +0.3 exposure compensation.
Moira

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cazozphil
cazozphil e2 Member 1cazozphil vcard
26 Sep 2013 - 10:21 AM


Quote: As above - smaller aperture will give greater depth of field, it's for you to experiment and get the depth that you want. Something else to consider is moving back a bit, a little further away from your subject - that will also increase your depth of field and will give a less cramped feel. I want a bit more space top and bottom of frame - you obviously didn't want too much background but the sides can be cropped.
The lighting has given lovely shadows particularly under the fringed edges, defining them. But I'd like to see just a bit more whiteness in the petals, maybe +0.3 exposure compensation.
Moira

Thank you for that Moria. Yes I think that getting too close is what is bothering me with my images. I was focusing more on the fringed petals and not about the rest of the beautiful flower. You are right, it would have been better with more at the top and bottom. I very rarely crop or 'fix' photos so I forget that you can actually do that and I don't need to get in too close and end up sacrificing the rest of the shot. Something I definitely need to work on, thank you. I really need to think about that especially with macro work and getting the most out of the lens. I'm really looking forward to testing all these wonderful suggestions to improve my shots. I have a great lens and just need to learn how to use it Smile

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
3 Oct 2013 - 5:26 AM

Well with all that technical advise you'll come up with some amazing macros in the days to come...
But I like this effort and I like the subject... Grin
Keep them coming! IB

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