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Old Apr 21, 2013, 12:12 PM   #1
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Old Apr 21, 2013, 7:09 PM   #2
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Good, sharp shot.

I've done lots of shooting of daffodils the past couple of weeks. I have hundreds of images, but am not sure what is "good" and what is "not good." I think I probably shot my last round today -- good light, but even the latest blooming ones are ready to fade out soon.

Getting the primary part of the pistol in focus has been my goal. Also, I've discovered that an angle of shot against the flower so that a bit of the pistol shows works best. I shot many, and spent much time on my computer reviewing them, and it finally occurred that some of my shots were too shallow. The trumpet was clear, but the hollow inside was less desirable than having something showing inside the trumpet.

I had reasonable success with focus on Area-1. Spot was used several times, but required very good light (e.g. direct sunlight). I was using the LC-55 lens on my FZ35. I tried A setting with largest aperture, but the DOF was too shallow. Yes, I wanted the fuzzy background, but was getting too much of the total blossom out of focus. I finally stayed with P setting. I also discovered the most difficult ones to shoot are the all-white ones. It is hard to get petal definition -- white on white.

I should sort through my files and try to find a few that I consider best, and post. Maybe somebody can share ideas on how to evaluate.
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Very well done, JJ. Roger, in my experience I have found that if you shoot from a close range, irrespective of the f stop, the possibility of some areas of the flower going out of the focus range is there. To avoid this, I have shot flowers from a distance and then cropped it to present a closer picture. This is only my experience. Others may have better ideas. I too am willing to learn.
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Raghu, I have done the same. It really depends on the effect you want, whether to shoot close or far away.
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I sincerely thank my friend Jim for this wonderful floral image!
The others do not know it, but this is a tribute to the memory of my mother who recently passed away, and consolation for my pain.
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I'm so sorry to hear that, Alex, and my sincere condolences to you and your family. May God give you the strength to bear the loss.
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Thank you dear Raghu for the kind and sensitive words!
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Alex, I'm so very sorry to hear about your mom. I know you will miss her, but she will always be with you, forever.
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Thanks dear Yuki for the moving and heartfelt words!
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Im so sorry for your lost Alex..
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