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1st true macro on new lens

1st true macro on new lens
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Copyright: Emma Taylor (Aramok) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-21
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/20 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-23 7:41
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Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

This is the first attempt with the new macro lens, so any help, pointers, critism or the like is much needed and much appreciated.

The first thing I have noticed is that what I see in the view finder is not exactly what is there on the picture. There is much more in the picture than shows in the view finder. This is not something I have consciously noticed on my other lenses.

The second thing is that I really miss a zoom! I was constantly having to reposition the tripod becuase I wanted the flower to be a touch larger or was too close to focus (20cm or so).

The third thing I have noticed, is that I need a wind shield and a paint brush. It is amazing how much/many spiders webs are covering small flowers....

OK the picture is of Lesser Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria) and is one of those early indicators of spring and often found in woodlands in damp, less acidic soils. Flowering from February to May, some gardeners consider it to be a weed. For me I love the fact that it grows in my lawn (along with lots of other so called weeds). Here is a link for more info on Lesser Celandine.

The picture was taken in RAW with a tripod, but without flash - it was causing some glare on the distant petals even with flash exposure compensation in use at -2. Converetd to Jpeg, slightly cropped and resized for TN.


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this is a fantastic shot with a great DOF!
Very sharp and detailed.
Well done,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-04-23 8:12]

Hi Emma,

sounds like you had exactly the same problem as i had yesterday! I was trying to get some macro's of Bluebells with my new lens (which i'll post later)and found the moving the tripod thing a real pain!
This is very nice though, the b/g is perfect and it's a simple yet effective composition. A great first effort, thanks for sharing.


Hi Emma,
For a first shot with the new macro lens, it is surely a beauty. I've experimented the smae problems with the same lens two weeks ago. (Borrowed it from Bufo) I didn't use a tripod. My biggest problems were actually with AF. I think this is was also caused by the white flower and me getting too close. I should have switched to MF. I am curious to how you like the quality and handling of this lens, since it is on my list to buy.

I do think that the focal point is slightly off. The green leaves just below the flower are razor sharp but I think that sharpness is missing on the actual flower. Maybe with a slighly smaller aperture this wouldn't show. The clean composition with the soft colored BG makes the overall photo wonderful to look at.

Hello Emma,
It is interesting to hear about your detailed first experiences with the new lens! Also interesting since I consider getting some macro equipment myself...
The flower image? Delicate! Artistic!
Pablo -

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-04-23 9:09]

Hi Emma.
This is beautiful macro-shot with amazing colors.So did I agree with Niek - DOF is very shallow,but overall on me this picture very touch.Beautiful and superb dark BG with light in lower parts works very well for splendid composition.Well done,I like it so much.TFS.
Best greetings Milos.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-23 9:19]

Hi Emma

First of all, congrats on the new toy :) It is also on my wish-list so i'll closely follow your post with it to make some assumptions on how i'll be handling it in the first few days. I'm also very curious on you opinion about it, but i guess you'll only have one after using it for some time.

Anyway, for a premiere shot with it it's a lovely macro! I'm sure it will take a little to get used to it (not having a zoom and all) but i trust you'll have a blast with it later ;)
In means of focus here i must agree with Niek and say that a slight bigger f-stop wouldn't have hurt...then again there would have been a stronger wind factor to consider...tough choice.
Anyway, the colors and exposure are great and came out nicely, the blurred BG is definitely a big plus and the simple composition is charming.

Bravo and TFS

selam emma; nice close up shot of the cute flower , splendid colours , nice pov, well composed shot, very nice bg and details
tfs & regards

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-23 9:52]

Hi, Emma and Bravo.
You have created a true masterpiece. Beauty of your art photo is fantastic. All is the best: subject, terrific light, amazing colour palette, details and blurriness. My congratulations. TFS and best regards.

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2007-04-23 11:55]

hi Emma, nice shot , interesting POV and good coloures of this beaity flower.

Hi Emma,
congrats to your new Macro-Lens, I hope you will love it ...
This shot is beautiful, such a pretty flower and love the colours and the softness of the BG, very well done - I'm curious to see more ...
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-04-23 15:30]

Hi Emma

A simple but stunningly effective shot. Great form and colour.


I do like the concept of this shot. The simplicity of subject and great color. I love the same colors of the flower repeated in the OOF background. Nice gradations. The flower itself I suppose could be sharper. Macro is something I know nothing about.

Evelynn : )

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-04-24 10:02]

Hi Emma,
this is macro as I like it. With sharpness gradually fading away. Most of my macro images are like that. I really had to get used that, for example, F5.6 is still a shallow dof. But in many occasions the art of macro is leaving reality out of the picture. That's whay I really like this picture. Focussed on only a part of the flower.
Greets, Jacob

bonjour emma
excellente macro, belle couleurs sur bon BG
bravo, amitiès

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-04-30 1:47]

Hello Emma,
This is very creative photography, not copying the exact details of nature but a beautiful and simple impression! I like it very much. The soft colours of the background match the flower perfectly too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Emma

I like your first macro shot for its colours and composition. However the overall picture seems a little dark - lighting becomes an issue when come so close and need a good DOF. A good flash is worthwhile investment if you want to seriously pursue macro photograpy (typically a ring flash is provides simple light that captures subject as is).Perhaps the subject is a little out of focus as well and it helps to use MF when focussing close.


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