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Feb 17, 2008 09:17 |  #1

Well, this is just for fun.

We just pulled this carrot from our little garden. Always amazing to me you put a seed in the ground, and days later, this is what you get!

My wife was a good sport of course...

Pop up flash on #2 so go easy on me there...

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Feb 17, 2008 09:50 |  #2

Mike,

#1 is really nice and I like the white borders on each. They might have a bit more impact a little larger, though (it took me a bit to notice them, but they do add some punch to the overall image).

Could you explain #2 for us? I know, go easy, but 30D, ISO 100, 50/1.4 @ f/4? Come to think of it, though, I bet this would look great in BW.

All in all, nicely done.

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Phew, got through that without a single 'Shoot 'Em Up' reference :D:rolleyes::)


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Feb 17, 2008 09:57 |  #3

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Feb 17, 2008 10:55 |  #4

seanbaker wrote in post #4934493 (external link)
Mike,

#1 is really nice and I like the white borders on each. They might have a bit more impact a little larger, though (it took me a bit to notice them, but they do add some punch to the overall image).

Could you explain #2 for us? I know, go easy, but 30D, ISO 100, 50/1.4 @ f/4? Come to think of it, though, I bet this would look great in BW.

All in all, nicely done.

Sean

Phew, got through that without a single 'Shoot 'Em Up' reference :D:rolleyes::)

Hi Sean--

IOW, why did I use f/4? (And how did you see my EXIF data?)

The answer: It was pretty much a quick snap, camera was on the dreaded "P" (at least not green rectangle!)

DOF was so shallow and using aval light couldn't get eyes and carrot in focus. For #1 that worked to my advantage. For #2, I was in a hurry...we were just getting ready to eat lunch, and that carrot was going in the salad! :)

I had never heard of "shoot 'em up". Google answered that for me! WHOA! :lol:

I might give it a go in black and white as you suggested.

Still, if you have some other suggestions as to how it could be better, I am game! If I got cancer, tell me doc! ;)

Cheers

Mike


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Feb 17, 2008 11:16 |  #5

Here is the B&W go:

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Feb 17, 2008 12:11 as a reply to  @ meetscriteria's post |  #6

Mike,

As you say, thank goodness you weren't in the green zone - that would be cancerous. 'P' is just more like a benign growth ;-)a.

On to some advice, or at least some opinion. I have come to personally loathe the on-camera flash. That isn't to say it doesn't have it's purpose (it can be bounced, and it can provide fill), but generally I avoid it whenever possible. In this instance, I think your shot would have looked a lot more natural and retained more of the colorful magic which the 50/1.4 gave you in #1 had you simply boosted ISO and left the flash off. Unless I haven't had enough coffee yet today (possible), the difference between f/4 and f/1.6 is around ~2.5 stops. I.e., boosting ISO to 400-500 would have given you the same shutter speed and depth of focus while still remaining well within the 30D's acceptable noise range and not employing the dreaded on-camera flash.

None of that is meant as criticism, of course, as you've posted two lovely photos. Mine is simply a stylistic suggestion for consideration.

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Feb 17, 2008 12:14 as a reply to  @ seanbaker's post |  #7

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Nice job on the B&W.

And as for the EXIF, I use: Exif Viewer (external link), an addon for Firefox which provides EXIF-viewing capacity without leaving the browser. Very handy around here.

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seanbaker wrote in post #4935107 (external link)
Mike,

As you say, thank goodness you weren't in the green zone - that would be cancerous. 'P' is just more like a benign growth ;-)a.

On to some advice, or at least some opinion. I have come to personally loathe the on-camera flash. That isn't to say it doesn't have it's purpose (it can be bounced, and it can provide fill), but generally I avoid it whenever possible. In this instance, I think your shot would have looked a lot more natural and retained more of the colorful magic which the 50/1.4 gave you in #1 had you simply boosted ISO and left the flash off. Unless I haven't had enough coffee yet today (possible), the difference between f/4 and f/1.6 is around ~2.5 stops. I.e., boosting ISO to 400-500 would have given you the same shutter speed and depth of focus while still remaining well within the 30D's acceptable noise range and not employing the dreaded on-camera flash.

None of that is meant as criticism, of course, as you've posted two lovely photos. Mine is simply a stylistic suggestion for consideration.

Sean

No, not at all! That is excellent! A boost in ISO would have fixed the issue. It would have been just as quick to boost ISO as push the pop up flash button. Come to think about it...I was fumbling with that, because I rarely use the pop-up flash.

I appreciate your fine "bed-side manner"! ;)

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Nice job on the B&W.

And as for the EXIF, I use: Exif Viewer (external link), an addon for Firefox which provides EXIF-viewing capacity without leaving the browser. Very handy around here.


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Sweet! I'll check it out!

Thank you again!

Cheers,

Mike


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