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Another Purple Suprise In My Garden ...

By Sone  
Taken with Macro Filters in hars sun conditions. One can see thet the exposure might not be completely correct, but this picture is still unique.

Tags: Flowers and plants Flower close up

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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3866 Canada
17 Apr 2013 6:57PM
Its not sharp enough especially in the centre, where it needs to be.

This doesnt seem to have anything with shutter speed, but you would have a way better chance of a sharp centre doing two things. One is to use a much smaller aperture, and f/11 would be feasible here, as your shutter speed would then be about 1/600, if you stay with ISO 1600; and manually focus, not auto, preferably on a tripod.

The smaller aperture, which is represented by the bigger number, will give a much deeper depth of field.

heres some very useful information on apertures, focal lengths, dof, and it allows you to enter you own camera, lens and settings to show exactly whats going on, Give it a try.

The magnifier will certainly make a difference, and that wont show up on the site, but my assumption is that if you have the right basic set up to start with, the magnifier will simply make it larger.



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Sooty_1 7 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2013 9:26PM
I would suggest a shorter focal length and getting a lot closer. What Willie says, plus you have a lot of fringing around the pink petals, caused by using a (frankly not very marvellous) lens in extreme circumstances. Better to use a shorter lens, closer, on a tripod with a low ISO and a middling aperture (f/8, f/11). That will eliminate camera shake and allow a shutter speed of anything appropriate, plus the lens is working at it's optimum sharpness. Close ups and macro are better when not hand held, as any shake is exaggerated at large magnifications. Use manual focus and ensure it's focussed on exactly what you want.


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