digital paradise wrote in post #17656848
I ran them through a bit of sharpening but you don't have image editing OK posted so I won't post examples. Very shallow DOF on both.
1st image. The stripe part of the body behind the head, especially just before the tail I think is pretty sharp. Agree with what Archibald said. What focus mode did you use? One shot or AI Servo. What AF mode? Single, expanded to zone.? Can you see where the AF point landed? If you focused and recomposed or if wind moved the plant before you shot then it won't help much. Also AI Servo can be deceiving when showing.
2nd shot. Was the AF point in the head? Also how steady are you? 1/320 for that type of macro is not very forgiving which can cause micro blur. The slightest movement again by you or the wind combined can make a big difference.
I assume you had the IS on.
Okay, I looked at what the settings were for each photo. I was changing things up and experimenting when taking these. The first one was with my normal "sports" setting. I was in AI Servo using back button focusing. I was using a point expanded to 8. And I missed the head with the center point and hit the body behind the head, right where you said.
The second one was AI servo but I was using spot AF and the edge of the spot was on the head. IS was on for both shots.
I think if I shoot some more dragonflies, I am going to go with single shot and either spot or point AF. Also, I am not going to take it so late in the evening so I have more light and I can close down the aperture the get more dof. Looks like with these macro type shots you have thinner dof than I am used to when shooting sports at more distance. Also, I will try to keep the shutterspeed up when handholding for these shots.
Just need to experiment more.
Thanks for the help,
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