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Old May 28, 2010, 3:00 AM   #1
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tried a fly but i shake too much you dont realize how much untill you try macro



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Old May 28, 2010, 3:33 AM   #2
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Look good although a couple of small errors where you've cut the flower out. The fly looks pretty sharp to me.
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thanks martin , if i would have set the tripod up i know the fly would have been miles better
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Hey Simple,
You did good capturing the white flower without blowing the highlights!
That's something I have a lot of trouble with.
The macro of the fly is darn good for a hand held one. That's another thing I have problems with. (shaky hands)
can I make a couple suggestions for how I think you might improve these?
OK? ... thanks.
On the flower, the focus is tack sharp but, the background is bothersome. You did a nice job on the edit but, you destroyed a couple water in doing so, and that's one of the details that really make this a nice shot. I think you could have avoided that by changing a few settings: Your EXIF shows the ISO at 2500, f:18 and 1/160 shutter. It appears you had plenty of light so, I would suggest ISO100 (to reduce noise) and open up the aperture (to let in more light and do wonders on the bokeh) Now all you need to do is adjust the shutter speed to compensate for the proper exposure.

For the fly shot, I'd do pretty much the opposite for the opposite results, although I would try to keep my ISO as low as possible. These are just suggestions for what I've found to work for me, I'm not trying to trash your work.
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goldwinger i really appreciate your comments honestly i do im new to photography and i have only used my macro lens on several occasions so any tips and pointers are great thankyou

here is the flower untouched

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Well, I'm no expert myself! I've only been at this for a couple of years and I'm still have a lot to learn too. I just wanted to pass on what I've found to work best for me, and in no way mean to imply that's the only way to do it. There is always exceptions to every rule but, a few things I try to keep in the back of my head are...

The lower the ISO the better image quality (less noise). the only time I raise mine is if I'm in a low light situation and I need a faster shutter speed to stop the motion.

The more DOF I want, (as in the fly shot) the narrower the aperture, form f:11 to f:22.

The least DOF I want (as in the flower shot) the wider the aperture, f:1.1 to f:3.5. for shorter lenses. with longer telephotos you can get nice bokeh with higher settings.

I try to keep my shutter speed as fast as I can for hand held shots but within reason, I don't bump it up at the expense of noise over IQ. in other words, I wouldn't raise my ISO to 800 to achieve a shutter of 1/1000 if I could get a good shot at ISO400 and a shutter of 1/500.Hope that helps.
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