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Old Aug 16, 2010, 10:55 AM   #1
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Something other then birds from Green Cay Wetlands, Boynton Beach, Florida.

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Old Aug 16, 2010, 10:53 PM   #2
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Bright color, especially with the black background. It's probably my taste, but I get frustrated with shots like this - I want the whole thing in focus and so often that's impossible. I can't tell you how many pictures of similar plants I've taken and tossed out because of that - wish I could like having a shallow dof with shots like this...
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wish I could like having a shallow dof with shots like this...
Each individual has different taste. There are programs out there that let you stack photos of different focus points to create a photo completely in focus. I have not tried them, I bet someone on this forum has. Would require a tripod, this was hand held, so somewhat limiting.

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One way to do it is to use the smallest aperture possible and shoot within a longer distance from the subject (and then crop the image). If you shoot as a macro, it's impossible to obtain a greater DoF.

This is a nice, crisp shot. I've seen a lot of this "black background" technique being used on flower shots lately. I personally like to see the natural surroundings, using a very shallow DoF to emphasize the main object being photographed. A black background certainly makes the image pop but to me it always looks somewhat fake. But as the OP stated, it's all a matter of personal taste.
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This is a nice, crisp shot. I've seen a lot of this "black background" technique being used on flower shots lately. I personally like to see the natural surroundings,
This is the shot with background unchanged. What do you think?

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Well, you positioned yourself in such a way that there's really nothing else on the frame besides the flower. I personally like the second one better because it looks more natural even though the flower pops up more with the black background.
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Both are great photos, but I too like the background of the 2nd one better. Both are beautiful photos!
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