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By raunaqsingh
odd shapes of water

Tags: Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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lianna 8 13 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2011 8:11PM
An interesting image, nice idea and very well timed. It has great potential. However it is let down by the fact it is out of focus!! Also I think a black BG would work well here to really make the leaf and dribble stand out and really emphasise it!!! I do not wish to be so critical so I hope your not offended!! Thus really can work with a few more attempts x x x

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Tooth 13 5.8k 227 Ireland
14 Feb 2011 12:47AM
LIanna has it nailed least something has to be in pin-sharp focus. You'vegiven no details as to how you achieved the shot, though the exif says you didn't use flash. As Lianna says, there's potential here and the beauty of digital is that you can experiment with different techniques, set-ups and settings till you start to get something special. Keep at it and you'll get there

DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2011 4:23PM
Superb timing to get that great shape in the flowing water but, as has been said above, it does need to be sharp. Flash is essential and, for close-up work like this, you'll need to use a much narrower aperture -- around f/11 or f/16 -- to get everything in focus. A useful side-effect of this is that, with a narrow aperture, flash and a little distance to the background, you'll get a beautifully clean background because the intensity of the flash falls off so fast with distance (at twice the subject distance, the flash is delivering only a quarter as much intensity).

To get it sharp, you need to use a tripod and pre-focus. Hold a biro or something where the water will be falling and focus on that point, either auto-focus or manual. Then select manual focus and the focus will stay there. Remember that most lenses need refocusing if you change the zoom.

Also, if you can, try to leave a little more space at the bottom so the droplets have some room to fall into. Of course, if the background's black, you can always just extend the canvas; otherwise, zoom out or move back a little to give yourself more room to work with and crop if necessary.
15 Feb 2011 11:38AM
thank you everyone for the inputs.
i was focusing on the magnifying properties of water the tip of the leaf you could see what i mean.
i agree its a little out of focus but i shall imprve it as i get used shooting with the inverted lens.

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