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Old Apr 5, 2007, 12:07 AM   #1
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Went out this afternoon and took some images. The Ocotillo are blooming so here is some color from the desert.

Also, literally the same image - one at f22 (with a good DOF) and one at f8 with only the flower in focus. Which has better composition, and pleases the eye the most. For the overall image, I like the first one with everything in focus (plus the background is a bit busy to have it soft).

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and here is the second
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I prefer the second one, but I think the top left of the flower should be in focus.


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Old Apr 5, 2007, 12:55 AM   #4
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Darren - Your much more observant than I am. The flower branch is about 10 inches long and was bending towards the camera, apparently just enough to be slightly out of the focal plane. I just took 2 shots, one at f22 and then let the camera go - so it selected f8. I should have tried f11 and f16 also, and try to keep the entire branch in the field of focus. It never occoured to me, until you pointed it out....

I can try it again tomorrow before the blooms blow away.

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Old Apr 5, 2007, 4:43 AM   #5
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2nd for me.

might i make a suggestion about where to shoot in your area.
in 2001 we went down to Puerto Penasco(spelling,, Rocky Point) and had to pass thru Organ Pipe National Monument to get there. i was AMAZED at the flowering desert down there. it's truly unbelievable. it's definately worth the drive down.

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