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close up of wild oats advice welcome of how it could be improved no offence will be taken if you say it is rubbish
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Theres no clear focal point Richard, which lets it down. Its is possible, with some work, to focus on the sharp leaves, remove some of the distractions by cropping and cloning, and the mod is one possible result.
Youve used good settings, but looks like there was too much in the way of your lens. A little tidying up before the shot, removing some obstructions can help.
"No offence will be taken if you say it is rubbish".
Well, I wouldn't say that, Richard, I just think that the focused and unfocused parts of the oats should be the other way around. The unfocused parts are in the front and the focused parts are behind them. I'm not saying that this type of photography doesn't work, many people like unfocused elements in front of their subjects, and I have seen images where it works well, but don't think it does here. The biggest problem seems to me to be that the majority of the oats are out of focus, and I think that, too, should be in reverse, i.e. more oats in focus than out of focus.
When taking closeups, you are in charge of the area to be focused upon, so that needed to be on the front oats. With a little practice, gaining control and not letting your camera "do its own thing", you will be pleased with the results. You may well have been too close to your subject, so try moving back a bit. When your subject has bits and pieces that are not on the same focal plane, i.e. some in front and some behind, it takes a bit of time to get it right. Returning to your subject and trying again is what I would suggest. Also, less is more, so decide just how much you want to include in your frame, look for a particularly interesting shape or shapes and use that as your focal point, but have it in the front of the rest. Moving other bits and pieces away from your frame is a good idea, and means taking a little time to prepare your subject before shooting, but is worthwhile.
Images of foliage can also be made a little more interesting if taken at an angle, on the diagonal for instance. A little creativity can transform an everyday subject into something stunning.
Yes, you need to rethink your focal point. There are far too many blurred bright leaves. You could also do with rather less exposure, a full stop I would think. You are using manual I see - I wonder how you arrive at the correct manual setting - if you use the camera meter without quite some thought you will not get correct manual exposure.
Use the LCD to check exposure after the shot - the Histogram if you are happy with it.
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