I've not been pleased with the sharpness of my photo's, so tonight I asked the wife to cut some of her flowers and set them up in a vase so I could use them as a subject. (I know better than to mess with the wife's flowers myself..
Tonight's exercise was for the single purpose of taking well focused images that would remain sharp after PP, so I didn't pay too close of attention to the artistic side of the images, and instead concentrated on the camera settings, etc.. The Sun had settled low enough that the deck area was shaded, so I simply draped a white cloth over the table, set the vase there and started shooting.
Used a tripod, and also tried out the Amazon wireless remote shutter release that was purchased at the same time as the camera. Photo's were shot in RAW (yes, I have now fully embraced the power of the "dark side".....), Manual mode, and processed in Nikon Nx2. Knowing that both the camera and I can do better (always!), I did learn a few things, and overall was pleased with the outcome.
Also determined that while flowers have graceful lines and smell nice, they are not as sharp edged as many other objects I could have chosen. As always, the input from you experienced photographers is greatly appreciated, along with any suggestions for improvement that I might be able to incorporate into future sessions. Thanks for taking the time to look them over.
18mm, Focus Mode: AF-A, F/5, 1/400s, Manual, -0.7EV Metering: Matrix, ISO 800
62mm, Manual, Focus - Manual, F/5.3, 1/200s, -0.3EV, Metering: Matrix, ISO 1000, Flash Device: Built-in Flash, Flash Sync Mode: Front CurtainFlash, Mode: i-TTL-BL, -0.3EV
And yes, they are pretty flowers, but unfortunately I failed to ask what kind they are ...