Still continuing with experimenting with “depth of field” for this month. The assignment this week is.
This week's assignment - We are looking at the shallow depth of field again this week to get close up to your subject. Use either a macro lens OR the macro setting on your camera to get in as close as you can and still retain a sharp focus
I have a macro setting on the camera, but it is a basic one and cannot get too close and still retain the sharpness. Jude has some excellent examples of sharp images taken with a macro lens.Take a look at them.
Here is a photo I took a while ago of Ned Kelly Grevillea after the rain. Using the macro setting, but I have to admit I cannot get this close. So I go as close as I can keeping in focus, then crop to the size I want. Is this cheating a bit?
This is a photo I took yesterday of the Crucifixion Orchid from behind. The light was perfect and the flower was at its peak of perfection.
But to see the details of these intricate flowers I then cropped it. Not as sharp as I would like, maybe I should use a tripod, but the wind is also a problem…
As I took my morning stroll around the garden I noticed a very strange “thing” under a leaf on the “powder puff lilly pilly” (Syzygium wilsonii). Something I had never seen before. So I tried to take a macro/close up photo of it.
This was as close as I could get. It was very small, see my thumb and the ant for comparison. I would love to have Jude here to take it with her camera. So I cropped the image to see if I could make out what it was.I think it may be insect eggs and those stringy bits are to keep ants and birds away. I have clipped the leaf and put it in a jar, and brought it in the house to keep an eye on it.
Anyone any idea what it is???
Then while I had the camera out and the light was good I decided to have another go at last weeks assignment using 3 different apertures. My last attempt was not too good. So I used the Banksia Spinulosa. at 3 apertures.
Left to right 3.4f, 5.6f, 8f. I think it shows the difference if you look at the leaves in the top left hand corner and the small banksia in the background. Well it was fun playing around in the sunshine.
Jude has an excellent post with details about using “depth of field” here. Why not try it out…