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kala jamun

By prakasrahul

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GeorgeP 14 62 26 United States
21 Oct 2018 7:23PM
I checked on the web and discovered that this fruit has reputed medicinal benefits. That might indicate a reason for the photograph - as an informative illustration rather than still-life art. With that in mind my thoughts would be to try and define the berries as much as possible.

You have a great start here with that simple container which does not compete or distract from the subject. There is a band of sharpness running through the center of the image but the top (background) and very front (foreground) are not in focus. This is probably a function of the camera settings. Using a long telephoto lens is a valid option here but it severely limits the depth of field that is in focus – even at f/5.6. I wonder if the high iso was also a compromise to try for a fast enough shutter speed for a hand-held shot without using a flash. (The exif suggests no flash and the highlights/shadows don't seem to be from an off-camera flash unless it is highly diffused).

To improve the DOF you would need to have a smaller aperture – say f/11. If you maintain that lens, iso and lighting, then you will need to use a tripod or something else (like a bean bag or clamp) to hold the camera steady for the slower shutter speed. I’d also shoot use the camera’s delayed shutter release to minimize movement when you press the button. Lastly, while the white/grey background is innocuous, I would be tempted to try a coloured background that might accentuate the rich purple of the plums.

Thanks for an interesting subject . . . it sent me to the web and I learnt something! Good luck and if this shot an illustration in an article, I hope you will post the final image and a reference.

dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1877 England
21 Oct 2018 10:47PM
Welcome to Ephotozine, and to the Critique Gallery in particular, Rahul.

Here, you don't get votes, but you do get thoughtful feedback, of the kind George has given above. I don't have anything to add.

The more you can tell us, the more we can help you: and if you didn't intend to seek critique, make sure that you don't have a tick in the 'Critique wanted' box for yoru next upload.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2457 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2018 8:20AM
A warm welcome from me too.

Well, I have learned something, I didn't know about these berries! But photographically, the basic problem here was very poor light. Your exposure mode (how you set the camera - manual? aperture priority? shutter priority? automatic? program mode? ) isn't showing, but you needed a very high ISO (light sensitivity) for the aperture and shutter speed used. So the first message is - look for better light! Near a window with a fine net curtain is good...

To make things even harder for yourself, you used the lens at its longest, which massively cuts down the light that enters the camera, and also makes steady hand-holding difficult (because the centre of gravity moves a long way from your hands).

As a result the shutter speed is way too slow for holding a long lens reliably steady. I'm pretty sure this was hand-held, there's softness even in the area in focus.

Also a result of the poor light - the aperture is the largest available at 250mm, so you have very shallow depth of field (the distance between the nearest and furthest item in reasonable focus). This needs a smaller aperture (higher F number). We need to see a good number of the berries clearly in focus., before the background berries drift into softness.

So the advice if you repeat the exercise: look for better light, don't extend the lens beyond say 80mm, use a tripod or other reliable support, keep the ISO low, aim for a smaller aperture. Focus carefully, on a berry nearer to the front than the back. Then take a number of shots at different apertures and compare the results.
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4263 Canada
22 Oct 2018 1:22PM
Hi Rahul.

You have lots of good feedback, - so Ive just added a modification you can check out.

Ive rotated the image a little, warmed the white balance, sharpened, and added a small frame.

Enjoy the site



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