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  1. Darcy Grizzle

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    Macro's are so hard to find a composition plus the fact they take way more ISO. What can I do better?


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    I couldn't focus stack due to pretty good wind, which I should have not even tried with a macro lens hahahha. But I loved the look of this little lantana which wasn't even the size of a quarter. Its like a ring of fire!
     
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    I was just about to suggest the focus stack and then scrolled down. Not possible with windy conditions and it doesn't take much wind to mess that method up. What lens and f/stop were you using? A longer lens can help with closeups sometimes. That may seem counterintuitive but by backing up from the subject with a long lens what counts as in focus for a given f/stop can give you more depth.
     
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    That's some hard conditions to shoot in Darcy. For macro, the first this is you need to do it on a day with no wind... :rolleyes:

    There is some softness, probably from the lack of DOF and not being able to focus stack. Having the outer edges of the flower so sharp from your layer mask looks a bit odd since the flowers themselves are not sharp, so it's making the blurring of the background look too obvious.

    This is a good start, you just need to take the flower into the house to shoot next time. :)
     
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    Tokina 100 2.8 f16 at 1/30 second. Handheld in the shade so I know a tripod would have helped :)
     
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    Yep, shooting 100m lens at 1/30th of a second is not going to yield many sharp shots. As a general rule unless you have vibration reduction on the lens is you would want to shoot at a minimum of 1/100th of a second to hand hold this and for some people it would 1/200th. It just depends on how steady you can hold the camera.

    So, handholding plus wind movement... that's a tough one! :)
     
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    Darcy, this looks pretty good to me. I am not so concerned with sharpness and focus as the overall impact of the image. This is very good. You have a very nice subject with great colors and a good background.

    I might clone out that bright object behind the petal at 3 o'clock and the light green place lower right.

    Next time I would keep the aperture and shutter speed where they need to be and bump the ISO to whatever is required.
     
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    Thank you Ben, and this was at 5000 ISO. I might should have brought down the fstop a little to get a faster shutter but then may have added blur to the flower :rolleyes:
     
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    Well, you already know a couple of things that would help. I only compose with a tripod. Depending on the subject, if the wind speed is under 5MPH, a plamp can help steady it. Try to time your shutter releases to when the wind lets up. If it is a steady wind, it may be time to pack up for the day. Composing in the morning is usually best because the warmth of the day has yet to heat up the atmosphere and get the wind going. I also use a remote shutter release mechanism and have mirror lock up on. With macro, as you are either finding or will discover, ANY movement will reduce the sharpness. And, the more you magnify, the worse it gets. If you want really sharp images, then you have to take steps to get the most out of your equipment and subject. Plus, don't feel bad that most of your images will be thrown out. Unless you have a really good environment (good light and very low to no wind), expect most of your images to show movement. As macro photographers, we're lucky to get a single keeper out of hundreds of images (in conditions that are unfavorable).
     
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    Steve thank you :)
     

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