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Try 2 - Lesser Celandine

Try 2 - Lesser Celandine
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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: 2007-04-29
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM, Digital ISO 200
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-30 7:57
Viewed: 3682
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
OK - this was attempt number 2, 1 week on from the new macro lens... (basically yesterday) and after a reasonable amount of reading and thought....

Attempt 1 here yeilded satisfactory results but the DOF was not as great as it could have been and the stem was not in focus.

Notes on still coming to terms with macro lens.

1. The main thing that is pestering me now is that I still have no zoom. This is still causing me problems because I am so very used to zoom lense rather than prime lenses.

2. Also with the lenshood one (which this one was with), the flash is of no use becuase the lens hood totally gets in the way. So anyone considering a macro lens will also need to consider an external flash unit as well. (Up until now, the in camera flash has been more than fine for me).

3. You will need to purchase a paint brush! This is to remove the spiders webs that cover everything and don't show until you look at the photos!

4. Wear old dirty clothes! White T shirts are not the best option here, becuase you will be lying on the woodland floor...

5. Consider purchasing an angle viewfinder so that clothes get less dirty... but you will still end up with dirty knees anyway.

The picture was taken on a tripod, using mirror lockup and timer control to reduce any camera vibrations and with -2/3EV. A lenshood was also used becuase of taking the picture into sunlight to reduce the glare.
Converted from RAW (reducing brightness by -1/6) and cropped very slightly, the picture has had the histogram balanced, resized and slight sharpen.

Any thoughts? DOF still not quite there?

Here is a link for more info on Lesser Celandine.

SunToucher, JoseMiguel, delic, hester, Jamesp, ellis49, rkailas, Alex99, Evelynn has marked this note useful
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To Alex99: thank youAramok 4 05-12 15:33
To Evelynn: I know what you meanAramok 1 05-07 05:48
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Hi Emma,
I think you nailed this one perfectly. The details and DOF look spot on. I really like the lighting in this photo. It looks like there was a really small light inside the flower. It gave you this wonderful translucent idea. The few spider webs actaully give the photo something extra. The OOF BG has a wonderful color and helps to bring out the flower perfectly. The brighter green spot in the left bottom is a slight distraction.

The tips are great. I actaully got allmost all the tips covered. I even have a pair of pants that have extra pieces of water proof material at the most needed areas.

Hi Emma,
So simple so beauty...
I like so much this yellow flower against the dark backgroud.
You did it great with the illumination, and the soft yellows at the back goes pretty well with the subject.
I like very much also the vertical compostionmade and the frame used.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-04-30 9:49]

Hello Emma,
Wonderful colors and contrast thanks to backlighting in this fine macro work. It does seem that stopping down more would be helpful. Not so much for the stem, but more for the flower itself. Still a terrific shot.
Best wishes,

Hi Emma,
again so pretty, totaly different from the first - we can think it's the same motive - but the atmosphere is totaly different.
Here we have warm light, like the flower is shining by itself. Very well done my friend, I like it, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

very beautiful shot. it looks like a burning candle in the dark, it sets a soothing mood. excellent work. TFS!

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-04-30 15:20]

Hi Emma

Just stunning light, lovely composition and perfect DOF



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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-04-30 16:09]
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Hi Emma

It may lack a little in sharpness, but the result is that the glowing colours leap out - I really like it for that reason.

I am considering getting a macro so have read your notes with great interest.


Hi Emma,
welcome to the word of shallow DOF and disturbing winds ;-)
You start in the right end with a good support.
The picture is well composed with good details and nice and lovely colours. The DOF is also fine, the flower is well isolated from the BG.
Well done.

About the flash; a build-in does not always work well in the short distance as macro.

Hi Emma

This is very nice shot technically - focus, sharpness and exposure are well done. The lighting is great. However, with a dedicated macro lens such as what you have, you might perhaps want to get closer to the subject and make it come alive. For example, we could get a better idea about the flowers texture and other intricasies from close-ups that telephoto or zoom lenses are generally incapable of showing.


jolie macro de cette fleur jaune, bonne luminosité
bravo et bon bg

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-05-05 15:08]
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Hi Emma.
I have read your nice note with great interest and pleasure. I like your first impression. It is exact and written with humor.

First of all about shot. It is very nice and skillfully done. For pictured subject DOF is selected exactly. Colour palette (and especially yellow colour) is simply amazing as well as the beautifulness of the BG. Bravo. Your first attempts are great.

I have never use hood with my 100 mm macro lens (but I have one of the best macro lens). I often apply very small aperture value and use macro flash. I have experience of using all flashes: inbuilt, external power flash and macro ring flash. Every one has own advantages and lacks.

My best wishes and TFS. Take pleasure at macro shooting.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-05-06 4:11]

bonjour Emma,
une image sobre, simple avec un résultat très bon au niveau douceur et graphisme. La transparence est bien trouvée, le cadrage soigné.
bien vu

smile tmr

Is it possible that you may need to be a little further from the subject to get more DOF? The stem seems sharper than the petals???? I know NOTHING about macro photography. I do love the colors in this shot and the background is exquisite. The light seeming to radiate from the flower itself is super. I have no patience with flowers. EVERY time I try to photo one, even on a dead calm day, a breeze will come up!! It drives me nutty.

TFS both the photo and the tips.
Evelynn : )

Hello Emma,
I like this simple composition, made to enhance the qualities of this delicate flower!
Good light and attractive colours...
Funny note, telling the side story well!
Pablo -

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