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Old 11-03-2014, 15:36   #1 (permalink)
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A rare Macro

I though that since I had the opportunity I would marry up my new toy with my wife's favourite lens.

Do not take many macros so comments etc would be welcome.

Canon 5D Mk III, Sigma 105 f2.8 macro.
Natural sunlight plus a reflector to apply some fill.

I could really grow to like this combination

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Old 11-03-2014, 15:52   #2 (permalink)
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Good results from a good marriage ! Nicely captured the sundial shadow and the lighting looks excellent
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Old 11-03-2014, 16:11   #3 (permalink)
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Good results from a good marriage ! Nicely captured the sundial shadow and the lighting looks excellent
Thanks I have gone back over the images and found one that has the stamen slightly sharper to my eye but will leave this one.
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Old 11-03-2014, 16:13   #4 (permalink)
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Nice one Roger

Not a crit, but the only thing that sticks out for me is that there is a strong shadow on the petal, but the stamen is not lit Looks a bit odd.
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Old 11-03-2014, 16:47   #5 (permalink)
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Nice one Roger

Not a crit, but the only thing that sticks out for me is that there is a strong shadow on the petal, but the stamen is not lit Looks a bit odd.
Wonder if the fill is too bright. Used a silver reflector on this one to try out different ways and it may have put too much light on left side of stamen but did not touch actual shadow.
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Old 11-03-2014, 16:58   #6 (permalink)
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Could be, but I'd still expect the lit side to be a lot brighter/yellow rather than the even tone that it is.
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Nice work Roger. Good and sharp and like the light effect of the shadow etc.

Only thing that you could try is a shallower DOF to blur out the distracting background - or put some background material in (eg coloured card ) to give a studio in the field look.
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Could be, but I'd still expect the lit side to be a lot brighter/yellow rather than the even tone that it is.
Looking at how the shadows are formed I think we are probably looking at the shadow side of the stamen and the light is only just catching the edge of it at a couple points.


An alternative to Chris's comments, in macros you can also cheat with careful use of a plastic slip-in folder/punched pocket or similar non-reflective translucent material behind the subject in order to blur the background. Moving aside annoying items that could be too distracting also helps.
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Looking at how the shadows are formed I think we are probably looking at the shadow side of the stamen and the light is only just catching the edge of it at a couple points.
That would be the explanation, except that the position of the shadow of the left hand of the two shorter stamen puts the light toward the RHS of the picture, and there is a highlight on this shorter LH stamen and the shadow of the RH stamen. The RH of the shorter stamen does have a lit and shadow side too!
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Nice shot, a hard subject,keep at it
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Thanks all. I tried a very shallow depth of field and the lower petal was a distracting blur. Something in between methinks would have been better.

Thanks for the ideas.
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