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By DPhillips
A rose from our garden.

settings ISO 200 , 1/60 , F5 , 31mm

Tags: Flowers and plants

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paulbroad 9 116 1064 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2010 4:19PM
A nice specimen, but the sharpness is a touch off. I assume you hand held, and 1/60, whilst it may be OK, is quite slow. With a modern DSLR, don't be afraid to dial in ISO400 or even 800 to up the shutter speed. Set aperture priority, f5.6 and then ensure the camera has focused correctly.

If you have a tripod, and the time. Use it.


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Philo Plus
6 99 83 England
8 Dec 2010 5:48PM
Some very good advice already given and I totally agree with it. I have offered my own mod with a square crop. I rotated it first so that I could fill the frame more with the flower head. Levels and curves were adjusted to bring out the reds more and darken the background. Finished with unsharp mask.
A good effort that is hopefully enhanced with the mods.
DRicherby 7 269 725 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2010 11:48PM
F/5 for close-up work will give very limited depth of field but that can be a pleasing effect if the area of sharp focus is well chosen. However, something does need to be sharp and, in this photo, nothing really is. I suspect it's just out of focus, rather than suffering from camera shake but a faster shutter speed wouldn't hurt. Do experiment with higher ISOs to see if your camera gives acceptable noise.

Ideally, though, the solution is to use a tripod, as suggested above. As long as the subject is absolutely stationary, you can use ISO-100 and any shutter speed you want because the camera's not moving on a tripod. Another advantage of a tripod is that your hands are free to hold a piece of card or cloth as a backdrop to avoid the somewhat busy background of your rosebed.

The square crops are good, since the space at the edges isn't being used for anything.

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