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Elder Berries & Cob Web

By kibbsnk    
Elder Berries ripening with a cob web attached Taken with a Carl Zeiss Jena 50mm F2.8 in Manual mode

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paulbroad Plus
14 131 1294 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2013 7:58AM
I'm afraid nothing is sharp, so either the lens is faulty or you have some camera movement. Close up and macro must have a very sharp plane and that requires a lot of effort on occasion. You need the make sure the camera is rigid with respect to the exposure time, then sellect an aperture to get the required depth.

I wonder if you have used this lens at full aperture because there may be no means of manually selecting apertures? Lenses do not work well at full aperture, usually, and the depth of field will be minimal. Work on sharpness.

mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.2k 2527 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2013 1:19PM
Welcome to the Critique Gallery, I think this is your first upload here.
As Paul says, nothing is sharp. As far as I can see the lens has a minimum focusing distance of 35cm, I think you may possibly have been trying to focus with the lens too close to the subject. This type of subject does take a lot of practice, and patience.
banehawi Plus
18 2.7k 4311 Canada
30 Aug 2013 2:00PM
Welcome Nigel.

A couple of things you need to know when posting to the web. First, convert your colour profile to the web standard sRGB, - this one is Adobe, - great for printing; next is that when you re size an image, you lose sharpness, so after resizing and saving as a new file name. open the image, check and adjust sharpness to get it back to the original sharpness, save, and then upload.

Though this one looks like theres nothing in focus, when its sharpened, the lower part of the web is very sharp and focused. This means the plane of focus was not on the elder berries (are there junior berries?) but on the web.

I cant really tell for sure if the web is in front or behind the berries, - I suspect in front.

You likely did have the aperture very wide, - it shows f/1 here since the camera doesnt know the aperture.

So, more care on the point of focus; a smaller aperture, and you will have a better result. Shutter speed look good.

The mod I uploaded can be seen by scrolling up this page, clicking the modifications tab, and view the mod large.

Enjoy the site, and I hope this is helpful,



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