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Wet Leaf

By Footski
A close up of a miniature rose leaf following a rain shower. Shot as an experiment with a friends Macro lens, using a tripod and remote release.

Tags: General Flowers and plants Close-up and macro

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paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2013 2:19PM
A strong image at first glance. I'm struggling a bit on the plane of sharpness. The image is very blurred on the right, but sharp at the bottom and left. This is a reasonably flat subject so I would expect most of the leave and droplets to be sharp. I suspect your focal point is too far forward, but it seems strange unless it's movement, but I struugle with that too.

Might just run the burning in tool over the highlights on the left, but the overall effect is good.

banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4237 Canada
28 Nov 2013 3:44PM
Thats a very good lens, I have one myself.

The shot is sharp and focused in parts, and Paul han noted some areas wher its not in focus.

This is most likely due to the leaf not being entirely flat, and therefore not the same distance from the lens across the leaf. It could be curled either towards tbe lens, or away from it. Or, the camera wasnt 100% square with the plane of the leaf. Same result either way. And a good introduction to the small but very important aspects of macro photography.

You were very close to the leaf, and even though f/10 is used, the dof will be very short unless you either use a smaller aperture, or move back a little.

The good parts are very good.


mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2408 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2013 7:25PM
I'm assuming that the softness on the right is down to the leaf being at an angle to the lens, but at f10 the fall-off in focus is a bit more sudden and extreme than I would have expected.

Given the image as it stands, a slight rotation and severe crop seem to me to be in order, to exploit the part that is sharp.

I also want to reduce brightness and try to get some colour back into the highlights on the leaf surface. Fairly flat light is better for this sort of subject, most leaves have a very light-reflective surface; or get someone to hold a simple diffuser against the light. You would still get some highlights catching the water droplets.
Mod to follow...

I love that pink edge by the way.
Footski 8 9 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2013 10:18PM
Yet again Moira, you see the picture within the picture. I am amazed..
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4237 Canada
29 Nov 2013 3:31PM
To Moiras point, the fall off is not unusaul for a macro, which is close to the subject. Macros are normally very close, and all it needs is less than a centimeter for f/10 when the lens is close. The beauty, and the challenge of macro!


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