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By JerryLovell
Trying macro shooting with RAW and then manipulating the image with photoshop elements 11. I actually rather like the effect.

Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro

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dark_lord Plus
14 2.1k 537 England
4 Jun 2014 7:55PM
This is one of those times where a single flower centrally placed works very well. Alternatively, add more blac canvas and have the yellow stamen on an intersection of image thirds.

The wide apeture has really focussed attention on the stamen. Shallow depth of field in images such as this often works better than trying to get as much sharp as possible, though you may as well shoot both at the time so you have alternatives.

There are a couple of spots on the flower to the lower right of centre. these may only be small details but given the clean soft look of the rest of th eimage they are easily noticed and become anoying. Easy enough to remove using the Clone or Healing Brush tools, and it's a couple of seconds work that is weell worth it.

The blue bottom edge of the flower is I'm guessing due to reflection from the surroundings. White flowers especially pick up colours easily, so it's worth being awar of this and having a neutral card or reflector handy. This would also help to fill in any shadows if you have any.
I'll try a mod.


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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3879 Canada
4 Jun 2014 8:05PM
Hi Jerry.

I had to do some research on this lens. It has a half-macro capability at 85mm, which means it produces a half life size image.

As with all macro shots, if you want detail in anything but the narrowest of areas, you need to use a small aperture, and a tripod. The recent two images I uploaded are good examples of shallow depth of field, which is what you have here at f/5.6.

There is part of the pistil, that yellow centre part thats in focus, and sharp, but noting else is focused or sharp.

So use f/11 - f/16 and see what you can achieve with the same flower, and remember the tripod, because the shutter time will be longer (slower)

Youve done quite a good job of covering in the background.

When you take the shot again, set you white balance to the type of light thats illuminating the flower, - the result will be better. if you look closely with this shot its a little blue.

I did load a mod, - not a lot done other than white balance and a different crop, - square, and with the flower re positioned. I look forward to a small aperture upload!


dark_lord Plus
14 2.1k 537 England
4 Jun 2014 8:08PM
Looks like myself and Willie were working on this at the same time with similar comments!
4 Jun 2014 10:27PM
As it happens I was using a tripod. But maybe not the best aperture. And it really came to fruit using photoshop to black out the background and promote the foreground of the flower itself

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