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By SteveH1978    
Took this in the back garden, as we have several of these great flowers at the moment. Staked a piece of black card at the back and shot with my 50mm prime at f2.8, 1/1000sec and ISO100. Have just tweaked the exposure and contrast slightly in Elements, otherwise as shot.

Thanks for looking!


Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro

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RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
23 Jul 2011 11:02PM
The White bloom with the yellow centre does look good set against the black b/g, but with your wide open lens there is very little of the flower in focus........I think you'd have got a crisper result with an aperture of about f/16.0, the penalty being a much longer shutter speed, and the further risk of wind playing a part.
Just my thoughts and I hope you do not take offence: I often capture roses out of doors and never use an aperture wider than about f/12.0.

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Shellio 7 2 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2011 11:08PM
I do like the detail to the yellow centre to this and the presentation.
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2011 9:12AM
Have to agree here with Ronnie, as the flower is a little soft
but you have done so well setting it against the black to really enhance this
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3880 Canada
24 Jul 2011 4:41PM
One thing to remember, especially if your original shot looks sharper than this one: after you re size the image for EPZ and save it, open it and check it for sharpness. If it has lost sharpness in the re sizing process, apply adequate sharpening, save, and then upload. I suspect that it what has happened here. I think the very centre is likely in focus, but soft due to lack of sharpening after resizing.

having said that, a smaller aperture as Ronnie says will give better results, - especially if this is an indoor shot, where you could use a tripod for the longer exposure.


banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3880 Canada
24 Jul 2011 6:57PM
Btw, is this a Samyang lens?

SteveH1978 8 3 3 England
24 Jul 2011 11:57PM
Hi thanks for the comments. It's a Sony lens. Agree it is a bit soft (actually, now you've commented I remember that I forgot to sharpen it, doh). Oh well.


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