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Old Mar 25, 2011, 3:40 PM   #1
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You are soooooooooo right, spring tulips are stunning and there are so many colour variations. Mother Nature does spoil us. I had fun mucking round last spring ......... still waiting for this years lot
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Great detail in the 2nd one Diane
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Old Mar 25, 2011, 6:19 PM   #3
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Dyane, those are lovely photos.

Let me ask you a question. Do you take the close ups zooming or at wide angle end?

Im asking because i tried today on aperture priority, choosing the maximum aperture possible (lower number), but at full zoom, the maximum is very low

Only got short DOF with blury background on wide angle end and with maximum aperture.

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Hi Rui, hope you are OK. If I remember correctly both shots were taken in "Macro" mode/AF (was not brave enough to experiment with Aperture a year ago). The 1st was wide angle and I was right in close with the lens about 5-6cm from the flower - if I had of used any zoom it would only have been 1or 2x zoom. The 2nd was literally 1cm away and I had the lens poked right in the flower - no zoom.

I find that when I am right up close, the max zoom I can use is 1-3x zoom depending how close up I get. Anything more than this and I start getting beep beep beep. When taking macro shots I try to get as close as poss and not use the zoom at all.

Hope this helps - have a good weekend -Dyane
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Old Mar 25, 2011, 9:20 PM   #5
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Yes you did help alot

I tried using full zoom and the get the distance eneugh to get pic composed, but at full zoom the aperture goes up to F5,2... only at wide angle end it drops to F2,8.

That diference makes a huge difference in DOF

So, I was wondering if you were getting that lovely bluryed background on your close up photos using zoom... because i cant

thanks alot and keep up the good work
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Nice ones Dyane, I would have guessed you were using a close up lens until I read your post. Well done mate.
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Absolutely gorgeous Dyane...Thanks for posting yours....
To put my 2 cents in...The question was asked about zooming in or macro...I find it much easier to use AV mode, back off from the flower, and zoom in using 200mm or higher...Using AV you can play with the DOF to get just the right look...I am not that good with macro because I don't carry a tripod most of the time and setting up down on the ground hand holding is a bit awkward for me...Plus backing off I get to look for just the right angle and lighting...Sometimes its tough to look down into the flower but so far so good with what I do....Thanks again for posting those beautiful flowers...
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