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flowers from outer space

By HarrietH
Not from outer space but they are very very tiny and look as if they are.
ISO 100
Exposure 1/60
Sorry if they are the wrong size but I still havenīt learned how to do this yet.

Tags: Close-up and macro Macro flowers

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dharker 15 13 1 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2010 12:56PM
Harriet this is a lovely macro shot. The tiny flowers against the dark green and black background does it for me! Nice shot!
LynneJoyce Plus
12 22 101 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2010 1:04PM
Nice macro shot.
John_Frid 15 514 57 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2010 1:22PM
A nice macro shot. The main subject is pretty sharp - although the main flower at the top front has just gone a bit soft.

Personally I may have gone for a closer crop by losing a little off the RHS and a slightly larger chunk off the LHS. May also toghten up top and bottom, but not so bothered about that.

What does catch my eye however, is the big white blob at bottom centre. This could probably have been avoided at the taking stage, but if missed then (as I often do), then it needs to go in the post processing.

Nonetheless a good shot that i enjoyed viewing.
HarrietH Plus
10 303 Portugal
24 Aug 2010 1:27PM
That blob did worry me, I didnīt see it at taking and then I was wondering whether to remove it by cropping and perhaps spoil the other flowers, I havenīt got photoshop but will get it soon then I will be able to (I hope, clean up the shots).
I was hoping someone would know what flower these are, they are very very tiny and only show their little antennae when taken in macro.
HarrietH Plus
10 303 Portugal
24 Aug 2010 2:41PM
That looks beautiful Frank, I wish I had thought of doing that.
It has been very helpful indeed, I love the "finished" product.
achieverswales 10 8 101 Wales
24 Aug 2010 3:01PM
Very good comments! With a macro lens the DOF is so shallow you have to use F22 or more as you have done, so surprised that there is very little in focus, try using a tripod and using f32 to get maximum DOF. and be very carefull with your focus!


HarrietH Plus
10 303 Portugal
24 Aug 2010 3:20PM
Focus, my bugbear, I just canīt get it right.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2201 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2010 3:47PM
Very nice, Harriet. Just one little suggestion, which I may well have made before. Consider a little "gardening" prior to shooting, moving intruding bits away from the front of your chosen subject, either by holding them back, using clothes pegs to hold them away, or simply picking them off. This gives you a good clean shot and avoids big white blobs.
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4217 Canada
24 Aug 2010 4:10PM
Im so proud of you Harriet for sticking with it. This is sooo much better, and you can see what a huge difference f/22 makes, - its terrific.

Now we can look at composition and the easy stuff, - and Ive loaded a mod showing how this suits very nicely a portrait format which places the flowers as focal points, some darkening of the bright area, added a little space left and bottom and a frame to celebrate f/22! Hand it on your wall.


HarrietH Plus
10 303 Portugal
24 Aug 2010 5:13PM
Willie you (and the others too) are gems.
I am definitely sticking with it. I havenīt taken the Tamron macro off the camera yet until I understand a bit more of what I am doing.
I will be migrating for a couple of weeks and I am taking all the words of wisdom printed out to study.
There is one thing I can promise when I get back there are going to be plenty of studies of wasps. (Not a pleasing thought but that is one beastie I know will be available).
Jestertheclown 12 8.4k 253 England
24 Aug 2010 9:26PM
You don't give up do you . . . ?

I've been watching from the sidelines and you've been receiving first class advice for days and you're absorbing and acting upon it.
I'm not going to critique your shot because others have already done so but I have to say that I take my hat off to you and your tenacity.

Well done.

HarrietH Plus
10 303 Portugal
24 Aug 2010 9:27PM
Thanks Bren,
Every piece of encouragement is very much appreciated.
No I donīt give up. I am going to get there one day.
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2010 8:01PM
Everything has been covered. The main problem is that large blob at the bottom.

this is, howver, a rather nice effort.

HarrietH Plus
10 303 Portugal
25 Aug 2010 8:07PM
Willie removed the blob and it looks beautiful without it. I will have to be careful of blobs in the future.

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