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Old Apr 23, 2011, 7:54 AM   #1
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Just a couple of flowers from the garden...
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Old Apr 24, 2011, 12:06 AM   #2
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nice use of DOF..enjoying the new camera I hope...!!?
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Old Apr 24, 2011, 3:28 AM   #3
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Yep. loving it since I got the focus fixed. Definitely more skill required to use a DSLR than a P&S though.
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the lighting is a bit dull and the colors are not popping out at us. Also it is a bit to much shallow dof, hard tell where the camera focus on the tulips. I would try to boost the color saturation a bit, to give it more pop, and stop down a bit more to haver more of the flowers in focus.
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I was having a bit of trouble with the saturation on a bright red tulip. I'd switched to Adobe colourspace and dropped the saturation and forgot to change it back but I quite like the muted colours although it looks better in Flickr than here.

I'll try again with more DoF but shooting from above means the ground isn't far away so it's hard to fnd the right balance between getting more of the tulip in focus but not the ground. Here's one with more Dof, sRGB and normal saturation. It's better in some ways but worse in others.

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Mucho better...
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A few more. I changed a few things - used sunny WB, a lower angle on these to separate them from the background more so I could use greater DoF but still get a blurred background and a bit of fill-flash using the on-board flash. lightly cropped, resized, sharpened. Next thing I need to get is an external flash I think.

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What kind of background effect are you looking for?
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Just blurred enough to let the foreground stand out. It's difficult to get the balance right when the 'background' isn't actually that far behind the subject.

[Edit] for example. I like 1 and 3 above because the background is blurred enough that there is no distracting detail behind the subject - just blobs of colour. In 2 and 4, there is too much dof so I'm distracted by the details behind.
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Yep. loving it since I got the focus fixed.
What was wrong with the focus? I have had none with my alphas (knock on wood).
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