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I took this photo in a small wood. Hand held in natural sunlight...actual size of toad was 3cm long by 2cm wide.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark II
Lens:Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:28 Mar 2012 - 3:14 PM
Focal Length:180mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/400sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:500
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Toady
Username:joewarner joewarner
Uploaded:21 Apr 2012 - 5:17 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Wildlife / nature
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SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Apr 2012 - 5:34 PM

I like the soft effect and the sharpness of the eye, well done.

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joewarner
joewarner  9
21 Apr 2012 - 6:04 PM

Thanks Sue, not been very active for a few years, just started up againSmile

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8806 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1636 Constructive Critique Points
21 Apr 2012 - 7:58 PM

Hi, Joe, how's married life? It must be about 7 years since you joined EPZ.
Are you happy with the shallow depth of field in this image? It's great that you got the toad's eye so clear and sharp, and that's important, but I would like to have seen at least the head of the frog with some more detail. For me, it is a bit too blurred. A smaller aperture could have been used here.
That toad is really small, and I therefore admire your ability to get that eye so well focused.
Compositionally, it might improve the image if you placed the eye on the left thirds intersection by cropping some from the left side.
Now that you've started up photography again, I look forward to seeing more of your work.
Pamela.

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joewarner
joewarner  9
21 Apr 2012 - 9:39 PM

Hi Pamela , good to be back taking piccies again. Yeah when I took the picture I really tried to keep still so as to get that effect...the others I took of the road had better DOF but looked like shots you see in a nature book...but definitely understand what you are saying. I need to check my profile as I am not marriedSmile

Last Modified By joewarner at 21 Apr 2012 - 9:40 PM

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joewarner  9
21 Apr 2012 - 9:54 PM


Quote: [quote]Hi Pamela , good to be back taking piccies again. Yeah when I took the picture I really tried to keep still so as to get that effect...the others I took of the road had better DOF but looked like shots you see in a nature book...but definitely understand what you are saying. I need to check my profile as I am not marriedSmile

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you mean family life ...it's greatSmile

Last Modified By joewarner at 21 Apr 2012 - 9:56 PM

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puertouk
puertouk  31082 forum posts United Kingdom17 Constructive Critique Points
21 Apr 2012 - 11:59 PM

I think trying to get an image like this, hand held is far too risky and personally I would use a tripod of some description for macro shots. I am amazed when I take clients out on photo shoots and they don't use there tripods, yet they have it with them. Yes, sometimes taking certain shots is impossible and it would be great to have all the time in the World to set up each shot.

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joewarner
joewarner  9
22 Apr 2012 - 12:48 AM

Thanks for the feedback Puertouk. Funnily enough that is why I was so chuffed with it. I wasn't out trying to take a macro shot. I was out on a field trip with pupils I teach. I like using my 180mm because it has reach for shots of the pupils working and obviously closeup shots as well. I have another shot I will put up tomorrow, of a fly again hand held. What made it possible was the great lighting from the sun.

I do take your point, as when I have gone into the field for macro, I have definitely taken a tripod...
If you don't like it, that's ok, but apart from the tripod bit, what would you do differently...oh and it is unprocessed, shot as a jpg not raw.

I am not a pro photographer, nor a prolific amateur. I take pictures and put up ones I like for you guys who know better than me to give me tips. You lot who know your fstop from your full stopSmile

I'll take the rough with the smoothSmile

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paulbroad
paulbroad  782 forum posts United Kingdom872 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2012 - 8:55 AM

You have done well here and the eye is critically sharp. The slight depth of field was the right way to go, not that you probably had much choice. You are using full frame - is this already heavily cropped or is it most of the image, becauise, if it is, I would crop heavily to put the eye on the left third and make it relatively much bigger in the image.

Paul

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8806 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1636 Constructive Critique Points
24 Apr 2012 - 10:34 PM

Sorry about marrying you off, Joe. I can see where my error lies now. In 2006 you contributed to a forum thread entitled My Wedding, and I wrongly put two and two together.

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joewarner
joewarner  9
28 Apr 2012 - 5:14 PM


Quote: You have done well here and the eye is critically sharp. The slight depth of field was the right way to go, not that you probably had much choice. You are using full frame - is this already heavily cropped or is it most of the image, becauise, if it is, I would crop heavily to put the eye on the left third and make it relatively much bigger in the image.

Paul

Thanks Paul, the picture is untouched. So I will have a go at cropping it.

More to the point, glad you like itSmile

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