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Macro work

By cazozphil  
Gorgeous Tulip.

Ok, so I have this macro lens. I am really trying to get the hang of it. I see others where the macro work is crystal clear, mine is not there yet but I am enjoying playing around with it.

My aim for this picture was to capture the 'fringed' petals. They were magnificent and I really wanted to be able to do them justice.

thank you for any help, tips and suggestions.
Carol

Tags: Macro Tulip Flowers and plants Canberra Floriade

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lonely_oryx 8 61 54 England
24 Sep 2013 2:25PM
Try increasing the ISO, to say 400 so you can have a smaller aperture. You will get more in focus

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Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
24 Sep 2013 4:00PM
This is great Carole !!!
richmowil Plus
7 310 1 England
24 Sep 2013 7:33PM
Nice image Carol!! Continue playing - its working!!
24 Sep 2013 10:59PM

Quote:Try increasing the ISO, to say 400 so you can have a smaller aperture. You will get more in focus

Quote:Try increasing the ISO, to say 400 so you can have a smaller aperture. You will get more in focus


Thank you will give that a go. I was trying in this shot to get the tips of the petals sharp as they were just amazing looking like they had been torn off. Gorgeous flower I haven't done it justice. I went for speed because it was a breezy day. I didn't think of increasing the ISO - doh!!!
Wonderful shot Carol, love the petal edgings.. good work..I want MY lens back..another 5 weeks to go !!!GrinGrin

Lynette Grin
fcc 8 3
25 Sep 2013 1:58PM
Pretty
banehawi Plus
12 1.4k 3465 Canada
25 Sep 2013 3:39PM
Best macro shots tips:

Tripod; manual focus, and not on the front edge like here; small aperture for greater depth of field, f/16 and over; wide aperture for a very selective focus, on a stamen for example, with the rest out of focus; remote shutter release, or if you done have one, use the self timer; dont use spot metering except in rare cases, - use the default. Spot has caused this to be very underexposed. You need loads of practice and experience with spot metering, so leave it aside and work on macro. Many macro shots will need a long exposure time, so indoors works well. And since the lens is so close to the subject, the slightest movement can ruin a shot, - hence the tripod and remote release.

Best to leave the ISO at 100, always the very best result, then select the aperture, - f/22 as an example, and expect a long exposure, - a second or so. Use Av, aperture priority, not program.

This link will help you understand depth of field, which is critical for macro. You can enter your camera and lens, with distance and aperture to see just how small the depth is in macro.

http://www.dofmaster.com/dofjs.html



Regards



Willie
25 Sep 2013 10:08PM
Very nice. Cathy
26 Sep 2013 1:13AM

Quote:Best macro shots tips:

Tripod; manual focus, and not on the front edge like here; small aperture for greater depth of field, f/16 and over; wide aperture for a very selective focus, on a stamen for example, with the rest out of focus; remote shutter release, or if you done have one, use the self timer; dont use spot metering except in rare cases, - use the default. Spot has caused this to be very underexposed. You need loads of practice and experience with spot metering, so leave it aside and work on macro. Many macro shots will need a long exposure time, so indoors works well. And since the lens is so close to the subject, the slightest movement can ruin a shot, - hence the tripod and remote release.

Best to leave the ISO at 100, always the very best result, then select the aperture, - f/22 as an example, and expect a long exposure, - a second or so. Use Av, aperture priority, not program.

This link will help you understand depth of field, which is critical for macro. You can enter your camera and lens, with distance and aperture to see just how small the depth is in macro.

http://www.dofmaster.com/dofjs.html



Regards



Willie



Thank you for that. I really want to get the best of my camera and lenses. I didn't use a tripod (had a 10 year old and 8 year old in toe). The floriade is only once a year and I think next year I will go by myself and use a tripod. In the meantime I will find more lovely flowers to photograph now that it springtime has finally arrived.
thanks again for your help
Carol
mrswoolybill Plus
9 927 1463 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2013 8:32AM
As above - smaller aperture will give greater depth of field, it's for you to experiment and get the depth that you want. Something else to consider is moving back a bit, a little further away from your subject - that will also increase your depth of field and will give a less cramped feel. I want a bit more space top and bottom of frame - you obviously didn't want too much background but the sides can be cropped.
The lighting has given lovely shadows particularly under the fringed edges, defining them. But I'd like to see just a bit more whiteness in the petals, maybe +0.3 exposure compensation.
Moira
26 Sep 2013 10:21AM

Quote:As above - smaller aperture will give greater depth of field, it's for you to experiment and get the depth that you want. Something else to consider is moving back a bit, a little further away from your subject - that will also increase your depth of field and will give a less cramped feel. I want a bit more space top and bottom of frame - you obviously didn't want too much background but the sides can be cropped.
The lighting has given lovely shadows particularly under the fringed edges, defining them. But I'd like to see just a bit more whiteness in the petals, maybe +0.3 exposure compensation.
Moira



Thank you for that Moria. Yes I think that getting too close is what is bothering me with my images. I was focusing more on the fringed petals and not about the rest of the beautiful flower. You are right, it would have been better with more at the top and bottom. I very rarely crop or 'fix' photos so I forget that you can actually do that and I don't need to get in too close and end up sacrificing the rest of the shot. Something I definitely need to work on, thank you. I really need to think about that especially with macro work and getting the most out of the lens. I'm really looking forward to testing all these wonderful suggestions to improve my shots. I have a great lens and just need to learn how to use it Smile
Chinga Plus
5 1 1 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2013 5:26AM
Well with all that technical advise you'll come up with some amazing macros in the days to come...
But I like this effort and I like the subject... Grin
Keep them coming! IB

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