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Old Jan 18, 2011, 6:55 PM   #1
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I'm always amazed how pretty dandelions are up close, but never quite sure where to focus, so I tried several.....


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#2 On the fringe



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#4 Somewhere in between
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Old Jan 19, 2011, 4:11 AM   #2
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G'day Sal

yes - quite a variation
They all are different, I can't suggest one better than another beyond that I like the whole 'ball' rather than the extremes you have here - personal preferences
QQ:- what optics did you use for these

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Dandelions are hard to shoot up close - getting the right DOF is tough to do.
I like the first one the best.
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Thank you both.

Phil - Appreciate your feedback, good point about capturing the "whole" thing, I will keep that in mind next time. I'm using a Panasonic GF1 with an Oly 70-300mm plus Raynox 250 slapped on. I don't own a real macro lens (yet...)
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Default Macro Stacking

Saly, I too, like the first one best. You might want to experiment a little with macro stacking. I think the focus steps could be a little larger with the dandelions?
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Saly, I too, like the first one best. You might want to experiment a little with macro stacking. I think the focus steps could be a little larger with the dandelions?
"macro stacking", as in stacking multiple conversion lenses?
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Default Macro stacking

No, focus stacking by focusing through a subject, then linking all the shots in any macro stacking software to acheive a macro shot with incredible depth of field.

Take a look at this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fa3vP4Kc_G8&NR=1
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No, focus stacking by focusing through a subject, then linking all the shots in any macro stacking software to acheive a macro shot with incredible depth of field.

Take a look at this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fa3vP4Kc_G8&NR=1

Wow, that's pretty cool. Not too practical when you are shooting outside though, especially with live subjects!
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It seems that all the photography that I am most interested in, is always the most difficult stuff,,,hahaha. But if beautiful pictures were all easy, then no one would be interested?

And sometimes the most simple, beautiful images are created only with difficulty....like water drop collision photography.







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