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Added by Corey Stubbs F.
on Sep 11, 2013.
 

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  • Tom C.

    Corey, this is much better than it looked on the projector screen. Did I mention, for the 100th time, that I hate the projector. Photos look like c*** to me on it. There have been billions of flower photos taken, with good reason, ‘cuz they are so beautiful. But even though seeing it on the computer screen is better, this is still only an average photo. How does one rise above the noise of the background? [Not that I have the answer, but just trying to rise above is the idea.] Here’s an example of one of my photos showing the effect of side light and getting closer. http://www.sutophotos.com/2013photos/h68cf71d4#h68cf71d4 You can see the texture and shape of each petal, get a color gradient from one side to the other, and have shadows that define the shapes. All good things. The photo is exposed so that the right side, close to the light is well exposed, to my taste anyway, and the left side gets darker. Your photo also suffers from the background, particularly the lower right, being too bright compared to the flower. It is not easy to control this out of doors. The main way to do this is to add light to the flower to make it brighter than the background, then expose for the flower. The background get darker or even black, as mine is, if the light differential is large enough between the target and the background. Almost all of my best flower photos are taken inside; of course, you can’t always cut them and bring them home. I literally put the light within a few inches of the flower. If you want to see some excellent flower photography, here’s a web site that I found: http://magdaindigo.co.uk You will need a macro lens for the really close stuff; standard lenses are not going to work for the closeup views. Many point and shoots now do macro quite well. If you pursue this area, you will find that focus and depth of field are some major artistic and technical considerations. I would love to see more macro from the group; it’s one of my interests. One last thing, I wish I could see your photo, not just your bike, so I am better able put together the names and faces.

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  • Corey Stubbs F.

    Hi Tom, Thanks for the wealth of information. This group helps me learn and understand what I can do with my DSLR. Though I still have tons to learn. I am looking for an inexpensive option over a MACRO lense and want to know what the group thinks of Wide Angles w/ Macro? I see that they are much more affordable than a actual Macro lense and want to know if it is even worth checking out. I am interested in close up views and would love a little more flexibility than what I have going on now. Thanks again for the information, I will definitely check out the links you provided when I have some time to explore. p.s. I changed my photo :) Corey

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  • Tom C.

    I am not sure what a wide angle with macro is. What is your camera?

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  • Corey Stubbs F.

    I have a Nikon D3100 and the lense I am talking about has these specs: 0.43x Professional Semi Fisheye Wide Angle Lens with Macro For HD Digital Video and Camera Recording Japan Optics Optimized for Mega Pixel Photography Multicoated Optical Glass Infrared Compatible 62mm Filter Front Thread Digital Advanced Technology HD4 HIGH DEFINITION Includes Carrying case and Front/Rear Caps Antireflection Coating/Extreme Speed Autofocus/Lightweight 4.3 oz.

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  • Corey Stubbs F.

    Sorry made by Japan Optics?

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