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Old Feb 21, 2010, 11:41 AM   #1
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Default Macro Flowers; Flower + Raynox DCR250

I home-brewed a light box and had a go at a few flowers/blossoms. I noticed that Walmart poster board is a bit grainy but was hoping it wouldn't come out in the pictures (though I'm sure some of it's noise, too?).

What do you use/how do you get a smooth, "quality" black backdrop?
Was I was using too much light?

The first three: FZ35, Macro, P Mode.

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These latter two were taken with an attached Raynox DCR-250, which was rather tricky to dial in. It certainly has potential, but I'm going to have to be careful as it appeared on the screen as though the stamen was in focus when I took these shots. It's going to take some understanding and practice!

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Advice, C&C, appreciated.

Thanks!

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Old Feb 21, 2010, 12:09 PM   #2
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FZ35??? These are fantastic... I really enjoyed them all! The first really caught my eyes.... the second, absolutely awesome, though if it were me, I would have clipped the protruding bud... but that's me. These are just plain awesome. Hope to see more.. Oh, the last one, I would have experimented more with the depth-of-field, the green and white texture is just amazing... these are just ideas, not criticisms.

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Old Feb 21, 2010, 12:23 PM   #3
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Thanks for the kind words and advice, Ned!
Indeed, depth of field is something I need to become more familiar and comfortable with, especially when the Raynox is attached. At the time, I didn't realize how touchy it's going to be. I also agree about that bud needing clipping.

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Thanks. Hey, I read that FZ35 is the absolute best in macro-photograph for all the p/s's. You are reallying showing why.

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Well done aaron_b-

Stopping down will give you more depth of field, and better focus. Here is an example.

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a nice first attempt, but can be improved.

1st, you need a tripod if you didnt
2nd, lock your ISO at 100, these lost alot of detail and introduced too much noise by using ISO 400
3rd, you need alot more depth of field, especially with the raynox, these were shot at f4.4, you really need to use a smaller aperture. and shot #1 you shot wide-open (f2.8) and therefore you got some pretty bad purple fringing. these will be fixed by stopping down a bit.
4th. your backdrop is coming out a bit brown, i am not sure what color it was, but you may want to with a non-reflective black.
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Well done Aaron, they are nice images. I to am interested in some flower macro's when summer finally comes and would like to find out what to use as a black backstop. I noticed the images were taken at 400 iso which i have found starts to introduce some noise, i always try to shoot at 100 iso if i can. Also the exif says 2.2x digital zoom (i may have this wrong) and i try not to use the digital zoom. I think it's the high zoom that narrows the depth of field for some of the shots. I hope you will be able to show us some more great shots soon.
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Thanks, all.
I appreciate the tips and explanations - just what I need to hear. I'll definitely fix that ISO and stop down the aperture next time.

The backdrop is a piece of poster board from Walmart. It's noticeably grainy, but I was hoping it wouldn't show in the images. What do you guys suggest?
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The backdrop looks fine, arronb-

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