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PinkK 8 80 1 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2012 6:54PM
Lovely macro

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Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
16 Jun 2012 6:56PM
As a first attempt it's a very valiant effort, POV is off somewhat which is why it goes soft on the tail. It's also a little over-exposed in places, but I wouldn't worry about it.......Keep practising is the best critique I can offer, especially on that POV.....Well done.

MattK 6 63 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2012 7:01PM
Thank you both for your comments and votes.

Apart from my flukey butterfly this was my first go at taking macro's of insects.

I found it very difficult to get all of it fully in focus - I think I made the mistake of using one of the red autofocus points to focus on the head which is why the tail went soft.

I think If I had activated all of the autofocus points and manually focused it may have come out better?

not sure though!!


apierzchala 12 17
16 Jun 2012 9:49PM
Hi Matt, as long as you have the head (especially the eyes) really sharp, the tail is less important. Remember to postion the camera parallel to the subject as much as possible so as to limit the front-to-back extent of the subject. That will ensure maximum sharpness across the subject. Use a smallish aperture - f/11 - f/16. Try to use a tripod to avoid camera shake and to enable you to use lower ISO. High ISO does bring in some reduction in quality, though newer cameras are supposed to give good results even at high ISOs. Shoot in cooler temperatures (early morning!!) when the insect is less frisky. I would recommend manual focus to stop the lens hunting and concentrate on the head. Having said all that, this is cracking shot and an excellent early attempt. Rgds., Adam
MattK 6 63 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2012 10:47AM
Hi Adam,

Thank you for your feedback and advice - really helpful.

Positioning of the camera tip is useful as is the use of a smallish aperture so I will use this when I go out next time. I will also try to get out earlier in the day like you mentioned.

On this particular shot I did manually focus as I did find that the lens did hunt a lot!

I suppose I just need to keep trying!

Matt Smile

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