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Old Apr 28, 2011, 10:39 PM   #1
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Default FZ35 - Hellebores going to seed

Over the past month, I've shot lots of images of our hellebore (Lenten Rose). The blooms have lasted well over four weeks, despite lots of wet weather. Now, they are going to seed.

The detail of what has happened to the interior is interesting. Sorry, ... don't know the names of the detailed parts.

This evening. the sun was getting low and provided some good lighting. I dropped my other work and took many shots. Here are a few:
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Old Apr 28, 2011, 10:46 PM   #2
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Roger, very interesting flowers, very well captured!
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Old Apr 28, 2011, 11:01 PM   #3
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One thing I was going to add ...

When shooting these, I had a breeze that was making the subject move a bit. Apparently, this movement was enough to disturb auto focus. The issue was not blur because of slow shutter speed, but rather the inability of the camera to make focus. Many good shots were deleted because they just "weren't quite there."

I also tried shooting Bleeding Hearts early this morning, a time with a brisk breeze. I ended up with nothing -- all were out of focus. Again, I believe the issue was enough movement to keep the spot focus from getting the right focus. The primary subject was not just blurry from the movement, rather anything in the image was blurry.

I'm not sure any remedial step to take, but just wanted to point out that sometimes these little things make for an unexpected challenge.
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One thing I was going to add ...

When shooting these, I had a breeze that was making the subject move a bit. Apparently, this movement was enough to disturb auto focus. The issue was not blur because of slow shutter speed, but rather the inability of the camera to make focus. Many good shots were deleted because they just "weren't quite there."

I also tried shooting Bleeding Hearts early this morning, a time with a brisk breeze. I ended up with nothing -- all were out of focus. Again, I believe the issue was enough movement to keep the spot focus from getting the right focus. The primary subject was not just blurry from the movement, rather anything in the image was blurry.

I'm not sure any remedial step to take, but just wanted to point out that sometimes these little things make for an unexpected challenge.
Roger, if everything was out of focus rather than just your subject, that sounds like camera movement. Sometimes when your subject is being blown around, you tend to unknowingly move the camera to follow the movement. You may want to try shutter priority and choose a faster shutter speed.
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Congrats Roger! My usual question: macro attachment or just the camera? a.
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Nice shots Roger. Thanks for sharing.

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Old Apr 29, 2011, 2:52 PM   #7
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Roger,

nice shots.
I like#2 and #5 for the colors and details.
Maybe your next shots in this series could be seeds and germinating hellebores ;-)

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