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Re: Flower macros
« Reply #30 on: April 27, 2014, 04:27:09 PM »
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Re: Flower macros
« Reply #31 on: April 27, 2014, 04:42:00 PM »
very nice thread, if you allow I'll add some of my recent works

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Re: Flower macros
« Reply #32 on: April 27, 2014, 06:20:09 PM »
Nice samples being posted. 

Since I'm very new to this I'm wondering what it takes to get spectacular shots.  It seems to me that many flowers don't actually lend themselves to crisp lines or features such as one would get in shooting a bird, for example.  A typical flower has considerable depth and may have a shift in coloration that is subtle. 

Of course, when we view the flower in real life we recognize its beauty but for me anyway, when I see the shot afterwards it usually doesn't seem to deliver that punch.

Any thoughts, or am I the problem?

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Re: Flower macros
« Reply #33 on: April 27, 2014, 06:21:27 PM »
BTW I know I could benefit from having the Canon 100 macro - quite a lens!

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Re: Flower macros
« Reply #34 on: April 27, 2014, 07:21:54 PM »
BTW I know I could benefit from having the Canon 100 macro - quite a lens!

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Yes, the 100mm macro is very good. I'm attracted by the form and colour of flowers. Therefore, I tend to walk around them a lot or rotate the vase if I'm dealing with an arrangement, look at them from different angles and take lots of shots to see which ones produce a pleasing effect. Sometimes that means the whole flower but often it means a part of the flower, a line, a curve combined with attractive (to me anyway) coloration. You should use mirror lock-up, a remote shutter release and the self-timer function to prevent or minimize vibration and live view to frame your shots. I recommend you use manual focus, as well. To some extent what you get is a function of how much practice you get.
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Re: Flower macros
« Reply #35 on: April 27, 2014, 07:30:11 PM »
very nice thread, if you allow I'll add some of my recent works

all are shot with 5D mk III and 100L











Nice. I especially like the first one.

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Re: Flower macros
« Reply #36 on: April 27, 2014, 08:54:33 PM »
BTW I know I could benefit from having the Canon 100 macro - quite a lens!

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Yes, the 100mm macro is very good. I'm attracted by the form and colour of flowers. Therefore, I tend to walk around them a lot or rotate the vase if I'm dealing with an arrangement, look at them from different angles and take lots of shots to see which ones produce a pleasing effect. Sometimes that means the whole flower but often it means a part of the flower, a line, a curve combined with attractive (to me anyway) coloration. You should use mirror lock-up, a remote shutter release and the self-timer function to prevent or minimize vibration and live view to frame your shots. I recommend you use manual focus, as well. To some extent what you get is a function of how much practice you get.

I should have added, of course, that a tripod is most useful.

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« Reply #37 on: April 27, 2014, 09:08:53 PM »
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Re: Flower macros
« Reply #38 on: April 27, 2014, 09:09:46 PM »
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Re: Flower macros
« Reply #39 on: April 27, 2014, 11:08:12 PM »
Well, here's the Easter lilly I promised.  For what it's worth, this took a lot of fooling around! ;)

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Re: Flower macros
« Reply #40 on: April 27, 2014, 11:14:50 PM »
This one's more backlit.

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Re: Flower macros
« Reply #41 on: April 27, 2014, 11:25:47 PM »
Well, here's the Easter lilly I promised.  For what it's worth, this took a lot of fooling around! ;)

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Nice effect! Well done.

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Re: Flower macros
« Reply #42 on: April 27, 2014, 11:37:03 PM »
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Re: Flower macros
« Reply #43 on: April 27, 2014, 11:37:36 PM »
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Re: Flower macros
« Reply #44 on: April 27, 2014, 11:41:33 PM »
Thanks dpc.  My supper got cold while I played around - only so much time when the sun will cooperate! ;)  My next flower shots will be when the outdoor varieties start to poke their heads up, a few weeks yet.

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Re: Flower macros
« Reply #44 on: April 27, 2014, 11:41:33 PM »