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Old Jun 15, 2009, 11:05 PM   #1
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Two pictures from a lunchtime walk in the cactus section of the botanical gardens.

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Both taken with the Viv 105mm macro lens, used a tripod and stacked several frames since I've never been able to get enough DOF when I've photographed this fearsome looking plant in the past.
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Old Jun 15, 2009, 11:48 PM   #2
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It's ALIVE, OUCH , RUN FOR YOUR LIFE, OUCH !

What terrific shots, wonderful symmetry. It does look downright dangerous though.

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Love the stacked images and the DOF you got, very nice.

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Really like nr1, looks almost animal (and scarry)

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The depth of field you and rhermans get with image stacking certainly makes a difference in the pictures. I will have to get cracking and try some. I do not think my Photoshop CS will allow me to do it, I may need to get Helicon focus.

I like image No. 1. It does have a Jaw's like look to it. Nicely done!

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I like the first where we can start to see the golden ratio spiraling out from the centre.

I think the 2nd would have been better if the centre of the cactus had been out to the right.

Nice 'sharp' shots LOL!!!
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Old Jun 16, 2009, 10:01 AM   #7
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Thanks for the compliments - increasing the dof does seem to help with some cacti. I've never been all that crazy about the pictures I take of them for some reason. There's always some major problem with them or they just don't convey how interesting these plants really are, or something.

Mark, interesting that you suggested the switch where the center of the cactus is. I seem to look at things backwards and it doesn't help my pictures at all. The way I shot it, the prevailing line is the wrong way, especially for people who read from left to right and top to bottm. Flipping the shot so that it's a mirror image the other way (which would put the center on the right) might help - I'll have to try that. Thanks for the suggestion, and I'll have to pay more attention to such things.
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It wasn't really the side but more the framing. I don't mind a shot left or right but generally the area of interest leads into the rest of the shot so moving the whole framing over next time would be potentially more pleasing.
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Jaws...
That's the first thought that jumped to mind when I first saw the image before I even read your caption.

very well done too!
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Nice, Harriet. Very effective. It is, however, a succulent, and not a cactus. Cacti and succulents are often planted together in botanical gardens because they are inhabitants of arid zones. Many succulents grow in a spiral pattern, but in one direction only. You can rotate the image, but don't flip it, because a mirror image would make it into something that it is not.
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