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In my garden

By mark2uk
Its a plant, some may even say a flower, and it grows in my garden Smile

Thats all I know about it.

Just playing around with the Macro lens

All comments appreciated


Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro

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paskinmj 7 11 1 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2012 8:56PM
Great macro.

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28 Jun 2012 9:33PM
It's known as Grannies Pincushion or Astrantia and comes in many shades of pink/white/purple

As for the have isolated it well from the background flowers however the focus is not pin sharp (excuse the pun). Did you use a tripod or shutter release cable or did the lens have a VR facility if hand-held?? The square crop suits the subject matter and overall it appears you have the saturation right. It's simply the focus that's not quite right. Hope that were after a bit of cc

banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3531 Canada
29 Jun 2012 3:26AM
You got lucky with this Mark, - time to buy a lottery ticket!

The shutter speed is impossibly slow for this shot to work, but it did, - you must have steady hands or a good support.

The focus is in fact right on, but whats not right is that you didnt sharpen the shot before you up-loaded it, and when I sharpened it in the mod, did it ever come alive!

It works best with a square crop, blur everything else. and add some contrast, - and you have the mod.

Next time, rule for minimum handheld speed is 1/(focal length * crop factor), - and even faster the closer you are to the subject, so this should have been around 1/160 by the book!

Hope this helps,


mark2uk 10 763 8 England
29 Jun 2012 6:55AM
Thanks Willie and Mike,

Still learning so thanks for the advice and comments very much appreciated.

Willie, you are right I id completely forget to sharpen the shot.

Many thanks
Focus_Man 6 481 631 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2012 9:31AM
Once again I believe the square crop generally suits flower heads and distractions are not welcome. For that reason I like to see an isolated head, but when it is not possible, even by 'photographic gardening' (Physically moving distractions out of the frame without damaging the plant) they are better either cloned out or totally diffused by differential focussing.

Here the main distraction as I am sure you can see, is the small flower head to the bottom left corner.

Willie's mod takes care of that by cropping it out and the picture as you can also see is all the better for it. If however, for some reason you really wanted to leave the picture size as it is, you could clone it out.

You have here a beautiful head well worth spending time in reproducing, try to get closer and a square crop and you then have it well covered.

12 Aug 2012 5:10PM
Beautiful flower and brilliant focus on it too. Sharpening it may help but it looks good.

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