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Feb 02, 2014 09:58 |  #1

This shot was taken at the LA Arboretum in the tropical greenhouse. I am happy with the overall composition, but I feel I should have possibly used slightly deeper depth of field. Beyond that, how is the lighting and processing in your opinion? Processed in ACR and photoshop. See 500px link for high res (press m when page loads to maximize)

CameraCanon EOS REBEL T3
Focal Length 50mm
Shutter Speed 1/160 secs
Aperture f/1.8
Lens Nifty-Fifty
ISO/Film 100
Tripod used

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Feb 02, 2014 14:33 |  #2

This is a good example of the truism that just because you have wide aperture lens doesn't mean that you have to shoot it wide open all the time. At f/1.8, the only flower that's in focus is the one on the right. The other two, being out of focus, detract from the image. Secondly, if you spend a few moments studying your subject, you might be able to come up with a more compelling composition. The branch on the top left doesn't contribute to the image. It's not even from the same plant. Lastly, it looks like your whites are blown out. Keep at it.


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Feb 02, 2014 16:09 |  #3

I hate to admit it, but I feel this is one of those situations where 1 f/stop or 2 would make a HUGE difference. Personally, I like the front flower and pod being in focus and the focus drifting off as the eye traces to the tip of the leaf. But that f/2 shot could make a big difference and bring just a little more detail to the second flower that it would make the photo POP. The second set of orchids in the back is distracting. I might try to air brush it out.

I also must say that it is frustrating having a view finder that has a minimum f/stop well above f/2 is frustrating. Also the lcd is of such low resolution that it is hard to notice the details.


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