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Old Dec 3, 2009, 12:43 AM   #1
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This is my first Close-Up with my new Canon XSi and the 18-55 IS kit lens.

The pic was taken last saturday early in the morning in my garden - normally the langscape is full of snow at this time of the year, but this November there has not been ONE snow flake fallin' down... but bit by bit it's getting more cold and frosty in the morning - take a look:

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Winter is coming much later as in the last years, when we mostly had the first snow in October...
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Old Dec 3, 2009, 10:04 AM   #2
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I'm having problems with focus in this one. The idea is good.
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Old Dec 4, 2009, 1:14 AM   #3
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I'm having problems with focus in this one. The idea is good.
That's right, the focus is really not that good - I did this handheld with life-view (just to try out)...

How would you set the focus here? On the leafes on the left side? Would you make the whole pic sharp? Would you crop in another way? Please let me know how you would do this motive - I like the little waterdrops, so I didn't cut them away.

Finally, thank's for your critism, I'm always open for that - I want to learn as much as possible in these forums

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Focus should be on the frosted leaves. You may use a tripod, set a low ISO (like 80 or 100) and an aperture that gives you more depth of field (like 8). Try different setting of speed, aperture and zooming. Self timer will give you sharper picks. Then look what's the best of the bunch and keep note of it. If the first times you can be systematic it will be of great help latter. For instance you make a table:

ISO 80

Aperture: 5.6

1/30
1/60
...

Aperture 8

1/30
1/60
...

ISO 100

Etcétera.

It's fun working like that and seeing the results.
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Focus should be on the frosted leaves. You may use a tripod, set a low ISO (like 80 or 100) and an aperture that gives you more depth of field (like 8). Try different setting of speed, aperture and zooming. Self timer will give you sharper picks. Then look what's the best of the bunch and keep note of it. If the first times you can be systematic it will be of great help latter. For instance you make a table:

ISO 80

Aperture: 5.6

1/30
1/60
...

Aperture 8

1/30
1/60
...

ISO 100

Etcétera.

It's fun working like that and seeing the results.
Thank you very much for your advice - I would try that today, but the lawn is covered with snow

But I'm sure this wasn't the last pic I took
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