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Taken with Macro filters. Just another flower in another garden. Just palying around with the camera Hand Held. I know I need to use a tripod but I didn't want to Tongue Hehe.

Camera:Canon EOS 600D
Lens:18.0 - 55.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28.3 - 86.5 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:21 Mar 2013 - 5:36 PM
Focal Length:55mm
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Daylight
Title:Yello !!
Username:Sone Sone
Uploaded:18 Apr 2013 - 7:06 AM
Tags:Flowers close up, Flowers & plants
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Coast Critique Team 71607 forum postsCoast vcard United Kingdom292 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2013 - 7:31 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Very vibrant yellow and sits well against the softer green of the background and the straight down viewpoint works to show the natural shape of the flower head. The lack of sharpness here is what detracts from an otherwise nice shot of the flower.

A tripod is almost a must for any macro work due to the shallow depth of field at close range the smallest movement can throw the image in and out of focus. It needs a real steady hand otherwise. That said, choosing to shoot this without a tripod you have selected a fast enough shutter speed to reduce the risk of movement blur however the subtle movement of your hand/body as you press the shutter is enough to have moved off the plane of focus.

Another thing to consider when photographing any subject is what will the background look like and how will it work against the subject. The soft greens here compliment the yellow flower however they are not sufficiently out of focus (particularly the right hand side with the strong lines of green) to stop them being a little distracting. Cutting through from top to bottom here cuts the picture up and for me makes the composition feel unbalanced.

Has promise with a nice composition and good use of colour.

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paulbroad  8108 forum posts United Kingdom964 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2013 - 4:19 PM

You are going to need to! Macro filters are not good at getting decent sharpness at any time and this shot is inherently unsharp. You should use the lowest possible ISO, an aperture of at least f8/11 to get the best from the lens and a tripod. More images are spoilt by lack of definition than anything else.


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