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By kazy1953  
trying out my new macro lens

Tags: Close-up and macro Close up and wildlifeand ladybirdand

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Davesumner 9 28 300 Australia
10 Mar 2011 2:26AM
Hi Carole,

Nice close up shot, the red on green works really well and it seems to be fairly sharp where it counts, well done. It isn't easy getting a big depth of field with Macro work and when you reduce the aperture to get more DoF you run into lighting and movement problems. Maybe a ring flash would be a good investment because the f/2.8 that you have used doesn't really give you anywhere near enough of the ladybird in focus. My guess is that something like f/16 would have yielded better results but then you need that extra light. Now you can see why the Pro's freeze insects before they shoot them in a studio because by the time you've sorted all of this out, the ladybird has

When I first looked at the image it did seem that it was half reflected in blurred out water but I guess this comes from the orientation and the line down between the wing cases and the continuing line of the grass/plant and the fact that its right wing case isn't quite as sharp as its left. I tried rotating it and the odd thing is that when the image is switched by 180 degrees it no longer looks like a reflection but also isn't as asthetically pleasing either. It does work with the ladybird's head at the top but this isn't an improvement either in my opinion.

I also think that the ladybird is a bit central in the image and there is a lot of space below the ladybird that isn't really adding to the image. Therefore I would suggest cropping the bottom and left sides to get the lady bird better positioned whilst keeping those nice green lines and tones.

The main thing is to keep trying until you get to where you want to be with these shots and have fun doing it.

Hope this helps


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10 Mar 2011 2:36AM
Blurring the background was a good idea in this photo, as was using a neutral color for the background both of which direct the viewers eyes to the subject immediately.
A masterful use of reflection which again draws the eyes to the subject while emphasizing it's features.
While you made good use of depth of field, you didn't use the rule of thirds as the subject seems dead centre. Here it works. Composition rules are great but can be best broken to add value in some cases.
Just the right amount of lighting, not overwhelming.
This simple shot was well thought out and executed.
Shellio 5 2 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2011 4:25PM
I like it and it does give that kind of mirror effect which is quite intriguing. I feel like I'm looking down on it climbing up the grass, well done.
kazy1953 6 14 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2011 9:55PM
thanks for all your comments,
as a begginer i no i have a lot to learn and with this feed back it all helps

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