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Old April 26th, 2006, 07:09 PM
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Ok, what is it?

These look clearer to me than the other ones, but it's evident to me that I am having issues with focus. Now remember I am shooting without help of a tripod, I have a broken back(very sore to try and bend over to these flowers), and am a little medicated. But I wonder if I'm not(and probably am) having a technical issue when shooting. I shot these with 400 speed B@W in aperture priority mode(aperture stopped way down). But I would have thought that the 400 speed would have helped me crarify better than I was able to here(compared to my other shots posted here that I made with 100 speed).

Any thoughts would be very much appreciated.

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Old April 27th, 2006, 05:32 PM
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Hmm, I guess I'll just refrain from posting any of my attempts at macro until I get better on my own.
I apologize for subjecting everyone to my ugly shots.

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Old April 27th, 2006, 05:38 PM
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Stop sulking and get back in here and sit down!!!

Okay:

First shot I like, but I think it needs a little more something - unfortunately that something I think is going to be a smaller aperture - and that is going to need a tripod . . the comp is good and the choice of subject is good as well. (Just re-read and realised you used a small aperture - hmmmmm . . .)

The second shot seems overexposed: Your camera seems to have been confused by the amount of white in the shot and then gone for that - be very careful when working with this amount of white in the frame it's always going to confuse a TTL meter. If in doubt then bracket and see what you get.

I know this is easy coming from a DSLR user as I can keep going until I get the shot . .

Biggest advice, buy a small tripod - it's a great investment that you will never regret!

Right - now you can go!

Sorry for being flippant - but sometimes peeps in here can take a while to respond! Keep going and keep contributing and most importantly look around at what others are up to !

Hope that this helps?

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Old April 27th, 2006, 09:10 PM
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Not sulking a bit. Just noticed that my last few posts haven't drawn much attention. So I will just be a bit more........selective in the future. Thanks for your input concerning these shots----I learn something new each day.
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Old April 27th, 2006, 11:02 PM
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Two things jump out at me... low contrast on both flowers and they are soft looking... as in not in sharp focus. The first one seems to have the leaves in the lower left more in focus than the flower itself. So it appears that you might have had trouble keeping the spot you wanted to focus on in focus. If you were having a hard time bending over, this could very well cause it. I 2nd the suggestion of a tripod. One advantage this will give you is that you can set it up, focus on a spot and if you have to straighten up for a bit, you won't lose your focus when you can bend back down.

The low contrast looks like it's caused by being underexposed. If you have Photoshop you might try upping the contrast a bit and also increasing the unsharp mask.

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Old April 27th, 2006, 11:14 PM
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LOL! I actually softened these a bit with my Xnview software----I thought they looked better that way. Thanks, I'll go and play with my software a bit.
And getting a tripod ASAP. I really love trying my hand at this type of shooting, I find flowers very lovely when they are filling my viewfinder.

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Old April 28th, 2006, 01:53 AM
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Not ugly, jeff at all, sorry I'm having major PC problems lately, looking near a reboot so haven't been able to stay on line much lately..sometimes just seconds to be honest. I think they both needf a little more variation in tone, more contrast..you're shooting with film, aren't you? They seem a little over exposed and so some detail is lost. But, hey, don't be discouraged when folk don't comment, I've had many a shot (that I thought was brilliant ) ) slide on through without a second glance.
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