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Old Aug 4, 2013, 11:25 PM   #1
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The hibiscus flowers are one of my favorite flower, and I have lots of hibiscus plants in my yard. I enjoy taking flower shots of the different kinds of flowers in my yard, but the hibiscus are always a challenge. When taking close up shots of the hibiscus blossoms, the pistol and stamen stick very far above the petals. That makes it practically impossible to get the depth of field needed to have both the petals and stamen in focus. A side shot will work, but that means you are only getting half of the blossom in your shot. Anyway, it finally struck me that hibiscus blossoms need a different technique than other flower shots. Instead of the normal close-focus shots, I changed tactics. Put on the telephoto lens and backed up waaaaaay away from the plant. When I was far enough away to use the full 200mm, took the shot. This finally gave me the DOF that I was aiming for:

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Good idea. Nice result Steven.
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Excellent! I hadn't ever thought of using a telephoto like that - great idea!
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Excellent! I hadn't ever thought of using a telephoto like that - great idea!
LOL, don't feel bad. Gee whiz, I'm probably older than you, and I have been using cameras since I was a teenager, and after decades of photography I just now thought of it.
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One negative side though is the wide DOF. It really shows up the worm eaten leaves behind the flower. I 'had' a program were I could blur the background and I'm sure PS has. I just can't be bothered with PS.
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So, you HAD to one-up me with the flower shot, eh?
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So, you HAD to one-up me with the flower shot, eh?
LOL. I don't think so. Your sunflower shot was super.
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LOL. I don't think so. Your sunflower shot was super.
Yeh! That and you minimized my roses shots.
and I know I should have sprayed them with 'rose water' but it wasn't at my house...
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Yeh! That and you minimized my roses shots.
and I know I should have sprayed them with 'rose water' but it wasn't at my house...
I think he used 'hibiscus water'
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Yeh! That and you minimized my roses shots.
and I know I should have sprayed them with 'rose water' but it wasn't at my house...
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I think he used 'hibiscus water'
Nothing so exotic guys. What you see was simply raindrops after one of our typical summer showers. No need to spray on my part. LOL
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