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Leaf 2

By arhab
I'm trying macro shoot. But it's hard to focus with short distance. On my upload before I was using fine glasses on the front of camera, and this is not. Not very good i think, but i am still learning, and I am very happy that I've got the bokeh on here. Am I right, i've got bokeh in this image? well wants to hear your opinion about this image.

Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro

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paulbroad Plus
10 123 1215 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2012 8:01AM
You need to be using much smaller apertures for this kind of thing as depth of field is minimal this close. You are also focusing too close to the camera - only the bottom left corner is sharp enough. Macro is very difficult - to get enough light, no shake, small aperture and highest quality is difficult. Flash can help but can also look artificial.

However, to get quality, depth and sharpness you may have to use flash - many do.


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pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1984 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2012 5:31PM
I think it might be helpful, Muhamad, if you mentioned in your description that you are using a camera phone, because otherwise you are going to continue to receive comments that advise about your camera settings. In fact, I might even forget at times, so you'll have to forgive me in advance if I do.
In this one, you have the focused leaves in the front, which is more pleasing to my eye, and I think it works better. Maybe you didn't need the fine glasses? The leaves that you have chosen here are more isolated than in your previous upload, and your grassy background is nicely blurred. Yes, you should be happy about that.
You ask about bokeh, and it is described as, "the rendition of out-of-focus points of light/describes the appearance, or “feel” of out of focus areas", and "The blur, or the aesthetic quality of the blur, in out-of-focus areas of an image". As to whether the bokeh is good or bad, the circles need to be blurred, and should not have sharp edges. An ideal bokeh would render each of these points as blurs, not hard-edged circles, and all the blurred circles should blend nicely. I would not therefore call your blurred background "bokeh". Others may disagree.
arhab Plus
5 43 2 Indonesia
9 Apr 2012 2:07AM
Paul, Frank and Pam, thank you very much for your explanation. I knew my camera phone can not handle macro shoot with good. But I think this is part from my learning. I knew my camera phone had aperture 2.8, and I think from what I learned from you all here, with this aperture i can get shallow dof.
And it's proven with this shoot even not very good. So i had learn new thing in here. Smile

In the future, with this experience i hope, I can take picture with good when i use "real camera"Wink

Once again thank you all...

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