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solitary poppy

By rsjkinson  
i am attempting to use manual settings on my Nikon D3100 and would be glad of any advice good or bad given to me on my attemts at Macro photograhy

Tags: Close-up and macro

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30 Jul 2012 1:02AM
Not sure about the green dangly stem which I find a bit distracting from the poppy. Maybe it's just my tired eyes tonight but it looks to me that the camera has fucused in the middle of the green stem hanging down and the poppy stamen is a tad soft. Great bokeh, without the green bit the whole pic would have been A1.
Focus_Man 11 481 631 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2012 2:50PM
When looking at macro, never ignore compositional matters. It is never sufficient to have either one or the other, both are required. Here you are showing another problem, the reds in macro are difficult to master and here you seem to have lost the detail to leave just a mass of red. It is also a pity that you selected a poppy which seems to be on its last legs, always attempt to find something healthy in appearance. Also a little photographic gardening helps, that green shoot rather takes one's eyes away from your intended subject, it could have been shifted to the rear where it would, I think, be better out of focus.

EXIF looks a bit dodgy to me unless of course you used a tripod. 1/25 sec is not ideal for such shots (not just camera shake with low speed, but also flower heads tend to move in the fresh air, windy or not) and maybe stop down one more stop at least. This may mean adjusting your ISO but so be it.

Fortunately there are loads of extremely competent members who have uploaded flower head shots. Go and have a look at them and see if they are of any help to you.

Frank

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