The small pink flower


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jtsky

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Hi,
Just bought a +4 close-up filter and was experimenting it. Took this flower using f6.3, 1/50s, ISO 100. Please advice me on
1. The composition ( Should I compose to exclude the two flowers on the left lower corner)
2. The exposure parameters.
Thanks for ur time.

 

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- watch out for the background, the leaves etc... can be distracting
- i would prefer closer so yes eliminating the 2 flowers on the bottom left helps with composition better I think...

I have some pictures here in my website which might help you with perspectives but that is just me, others might have different thoughts...:)

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yeah, I'd also go along with removing the 2 bottom flowers.

Try a pano crop with this existing shot, you'll see the difference.

next off, I'd probably look at a smaller aperture to give more DOF to the flower in subject. the flat angle would be difficult to make it stand out properly, so you'd have to try some other ideas instead.
 

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actually i would rather a larger aperture if possible with the lens you are using. it would be nicer if the other three flowers were more blurred and hence less distracting

i find the leaves ok, as they do add some contrast to the pink of the flowers.

exposure wise, i think its fine and the slight underexposure adds depth to the picture
 

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Thanks, Jet, zac08, 2.8photography. Thanks for spending ur time to give me ur valuable advices. Will pay attention to the background that may distracts viewer, eliminate the distraction either by cropping it off or blur it off.
Jet, your pictures are lovely, I noticed that ur composition are tighter that helps bring out the main object, will learn and try next time.
zac08, pardon me as a newbie, what does pano crop mean? = panorama? U are right my angle of acquisition is too 'horizontal', that resulted the main object didn't stand out properly, will try diff angle next time.
2.8photography, the lens I used is limited with lowest f5.3, tried to use, but it blur off my main obj too, do you know how to avoid this?
 

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Thanks, Jet, zac08, 2.8photography. Thanks for spending ur time to give me ur valuable advices. Will pay attention to the background that may distracts viewer, eliminate the distraction either by cropping it off or blur it off.
Jet, your pictures are lovely, I noticed that ur composition are tighter that helps bring out the main object, will learn and try next time.
zac08, pardon me as a newbie, what does pano crop mean? = panorama? U are right my angle of acquisition is too 'horizontal', that resulted the main object didn't stand out properly, will try diff angle next time.
2.8photography, the lens I used is limited with lowest f5.3, tried to use, but it blur off my main obj too, do you know how to avoid this?
Yes.. pano means panoramic.

You can try it a different way to get the BG out of the way. Use small apertures with flash. When shooting macros with low light (esp at night), the tendency is that the flash is only able to illuminate the subject on hand and leave the BG all dark.

Do try it out at f11 to f16 with a flash that is dialed to about -2.0 flash ev. ;)
 

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Feel that the image is too soft for my taste; thats where flash, as recommended might be helpful.
Will there be any difference if you had taken from left of the picture to the right, or vice versa?
 

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Yes.. pano means panoramic.

You can try it a different way to get the BG out of the way. Use small apertures with flash. When shooting macros with low light (esp at night), the tendency is that the flash is only able to illuminate the subject on hand and leave the BG all dark.

Do try it out at f11 to f16 with a flash that is dialed to about -2.0 flash ev. ;)
Feel that the image is too soft for my taste; thats where flash, as recommended might be helpful.
Just read the flash manual again, realise that there is a wide-angle flash adaptor. Do I use that for close up shot? and at what angle should I tilt the flash? please help. Thanks.
 

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Just read the flash manual again, realise that there is a wide-angle flash adaptor. Do I use that for close up shot? and at what angle should I tilt the flash? please help. Thanks.
I personally prefer not to use that. But you can experiment with it and see if you like the effect it gives you. For me, if the subject is about less than 0.5m away, I'll angle the flash down to -7 degrees. For distances further, I'll leave it at neutral.
 

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I personally prefer not to use that. But you can experiment with it and see if you like the effect it gives you. For me, if the subject is about less than 0.5m away, I'll angle the flash down to -7 degrees. For distances further, I'll leave it at neutral.
Thanks zac08, appreciate ur helps.
 

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