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He, little one

By kuipje  
I liked the little one and the shadow effect
Some advise/tips are most welcome

Tags: Close-up and macro In focus high quality

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Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2014 8:31AM
Love the POV! Love those well lit up spider webs as well.

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paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2014 8:49AM
Well seen. The lighting must have been low to need 800ISO. You just need to work on the foreground which is actually the brightest bit of the image and thus the most eye catching. You would struggle with flash fill as that would make the foreground even worse. Could you have removed thise twigs?

kuipje 4 3 Netherlands
3 Apr 2014 10:17AM
Thank IB and Paul.
I could have remove those twigs but i think it makes the picture more complet. But i could have made them (and the righthand corner) a bit darker.
Thanks again
Bianca & Jos
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3890 Canada
3 Apr 2014 3:13PM
It doent work for me Bianca & Jos, simply because the point of focus is not on the small fungus. If you look closely, at the top of the large mushroom, that edge is very crisp and sharp, - this is where the lens focused. Its also why those spider threads are sharp.

When you combine this with the closeness of the subject, and the relatively wide aperture, the real focal point becomes too soft.

Its really not easy to get this right without using manual focusing, as AF can do just whats we see here, especially if you are using the default multiple focus point setting. Using a single focus point can improve the success rate, but Manual is the best.

Its OK too to do some gardening at the time of shooting to move those twigs so they dont block the shot. They dont make it complete for me, they are simply in the way, and are relatively large.


mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2014 4:58PM
You found a lovely subject with the three toadstools, I particularly like the tiny one! Well done for going in close and using the curve of the one on the right rather than trying to include the full shape. I'd like to see a few more pixels at the top, but not many.


Quote:I could have remove those twigs but i think it makes the picture more complet.

Sorry to disagree! Shallow depth of field is a very attractive way of isolating a subject in its own small world, but it's very difficult to manage a sharp subject that's behind foreground blur, the out of focus area acts as a barrier and prevents the eye from exploring properly. We are (in our imagination) lying there on the forest floor looking at these up close, and the twigs are getting in the way. What is closest to the eye here needs to be sharp, substantial, tactile.
kuipje 4 3 Netherlands
3 Apr 2014 8:12PM
Thanks all for your comments.
It was not my attention to make the "little"one sharp but the spider threads but i know what you mean.
Thanks again for your comments/advise/tips
This photo was shot in a botanic garden. I put them all into a YouTube video. Let me know what your thoughts are about this
Bianca & Jos

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