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Turned Tulip

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Turned Tulip
Turned Tulip
I had a very difficult time getting this image to be as sharp as I would have liked. Used a tripod with the macro lens but didn't use an off-camera shutter release. Still, maybe the softness is ok...I have mixed feelings about it.
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Donald K. Cherry
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/4/2004
    Very pretty floral image, Mary! I really like your PoV, color and lighting! Nicely done! Merry Christmas!


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12/24/2006 4:15:30 AM

 
Mary B. McGrath
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Glad you like it, but I am very critical of my work, and would like to improve on this image. Happy Holidays!


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12/24/2006 7:46:56 AM

 
Vladan D. Djordjevic
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/13/2006
 

Great perspective, colors, effects! Merry Christmas to you and your family!


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12/24/2006 6:20:24 PM

 
Theresa  M. VanderStaay
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/13/2005
 

This is beautiful Mary...The color and clarity is great...I like the POV in which you have taken this one...Shows a different view of this beautiful tulip...I think you've done a great job on this one....I am glad you posted it! :o)Tessa


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12/24/2006 6:36:51 PM

 
Mary B. McGrath
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Thank you all for your support of my macro efforts. It's all a work in progress, and thanks to digital, you can always erase and start over!


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12/24/2006 6:49:16 PM

 
Robert N. Valine
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/3/2003
 

Nice image! Actually Mary, I think the softness is kind of appealing. If you wanted to improve on overall sharpness, I would suggest trying a longer lens that would flatten perspective a little. What length macro are you using ? It looks like a short focal length. Maybe 60 or 90mm ? Try 200 or 300mm and pull back a little. More of the image will be sharp. I like the 75-200mm zoom length for macro flower shots.What was your aperture setting? Try your smallest aperture setting on the lens to give you maximum depth of field.


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12/24/2006 7:37:26 PM

 
Mary B. McGrath
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It's a 100 mm macro lens. I think the depth of field was 2.8, as I was trying to keep the shutter speed high to avoid camera shake. Thanks for the suggestions!


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12/24/2006 11:04:21 PM

 
Robert N. Valine
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I kind of figured it was a 90 or 100mm. That lens may be fine for what you are doing. If you are using a tripod you shouldn't have any trouble with camera shake. A shutter release would definately help though. I shoot a lot of my flowers at f5.6 This gives a good combination of sharpness and softness. Usually I'm using an 80-200mm zoom for quick easy framing. This lens works well in combination with close up diopters. I also use 35,50 and 135mm primes on occasion. I took a look at your gallery and your photos are very nice. Your Bio is very impressive. Good Luck in the contest and have a Merry Christmas!


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12/25/2006 9:49:59 AM

 
Laurie Daily
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A beautiful image, Mary! Congratulations to you on this finalist! I understand your frustrations at times with sharpness. It is something I continue to work on. Thank you Rob for some of your insight...I will definitely re-evaluate how I am shooting my flowers and try some new things!


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1/25/2007 2:30:06 PM

 
Mary B. McGrath
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I need to use my tripod more, especially the larger one, but I'm sometimes too lazy. I wonder where my shutter release is? Hmmmmmmmmm.....thanks for visiting!


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1/25/2007 2:33:01 PM

 
Ivan Chacon
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/16/2005
 

Very beautiful, congrats Mary! :)


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2/25/2007 8:32:15 AM

 
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