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    Some Advice Would be Nice

    I really wanted this to work but......

    Some Advice Would be Nice

    Am I self flagellating along the right lines?

    • f/8 was too wide to get all the fluffy bits in focus at a shooting distance of approx. 5ft (I focused on the centre of the dandelion head)
    • 1/400 was to slow to to freeze the movement adequately
    • High speed sync flash may of helped to freeze the action and get better separation between the fluffy bits and the background

    Your thoughts would be appreciated.

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    Re: Some Advice Would be Nice

    The background is rather busy. I'm wondering if this is a situation where if the background was farther from the subject DOF would be shallower at the same f stop and perhaps the fluff would have stood out more????
    Also wondering if fill flash, just the on camera flash, at a negative EV (or whatever you call reduced flash) -1 or 2 might have helped.

    Both are serious questions, sorry I'm not much help, but I do wonder if I am on the right track theoretically. In reality I never know what might happen until I try it.


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    Jan 2009
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    Re: Some Advice Would be Nice

    Yes, I agree with everything that you have said, Steve. And I also agree with Wendy that the background is a large part of the problem.

    Wendy, I normally use a little 'negative flash' on my macro shots. Set the aperture and shutter speed to whatever is needed then use a suitable ISO. Adjust the flash output to fit.

    Somewhere around -2/3 to -1 usually works out about right. But it does take a little bit of experimentation; although once you get the 'eye' for these scenes it should be possible to guess the settings fairly accurately.

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    Re: Some Advice Would be Nice

    Wendy, Geoff

    Thanks for the input I think you have both confirmed my own thoughts. I had another go at this HERE much better results. I did not use flash but I did go for a neutral background and reduced the aperture to f/10 and pushed the shutter up to 1/640

    The fill flash would work of course but I did not want to blow out the face. I need to experiment more with fill flash

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