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Feb 13, 2016 23:48 |  #1

This was taken with 18-55 with a +2 screw on macro. The focus was at the base of the raw timber, hopefully to bring out the timber grain. Also a remote release was used. would have preferred a ring flash, but do not own one.


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Feb 14, 2016 08:48 |  #2

Love that second one for its depth, both are great, nice textures.




  
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Feb 14, 2016 14:18 |  #3

I like the perspective and lighting on the second one. I don't think the flat lighting of a ring light would be as good here. Nice job!


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Feb 14, 2016 18:35 |  #4

The second one is the better outcome for the concept, I think. However, I think it would be improved if the tips of the pencils were in focus, rather than the intersection of pigment and wood. Try stopping down even more and getting the tips in focus, see if you like it.


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Feb 14, 2016 21:58 as a reply to  @ dodgyexposure's post |  #5

The second shot same setting, as near as I could f8, but taken a little further back and cropped heavier. Also focused on pencil points.


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Feb 15, 2016 01:02 |  #6

wow I really like the first one, I love the texture of the back end of the pencil of the led and wood. I can see why you would have like to use a ring flash as the shadow could be considered distracting.

While personally I would have tried to find away to remove the shadow and even used the flash at 1/2 power so the background would be a bit darker I think what you have done is good.

Have you thought of bouncing the flash of something white so it's more defused or bounce the flash to reduce the shadows.


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Feb 15, 2016 01:40 as a reply to  @ Mark0159's post |  #7

Mark. Unfortunately the flash is attached to the camera ( at the moment ). I am also a little laid up at the moment to do anything too radical, as I am only 3 days out of hospital with a total knee replacement.


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