May Macro I - I'm Getting Soft

May 10, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

May Macro 065 My target image yesterday was different but I spied this tiny flower, similar to a blackberry, and I was attracted to it. A recent NIK podcast interviewed Kathleen Clemons . Kathleen is a Maine fine art photographer who specializes in flowers and her work is beautiful. Her emphasis is on shallow depth of field and lines and textures. I took a shot of this flower where the entire flower is in focus, but in this case I let Kathleen influence me. I went for a shallow DOF and focused on the leading edge of the closest petal. In the end I liked this better than the completely in focus image. I guess because I am an engineer, my natural inclination is for detailed and sharp images. But now I know to go another direction can at times improve the result. I was also lucky in that the day was completely overcast. Anytime there is an overcast day, it is a great time to do outside macro flower shots. Tomorrow, I'll post another example of going soft. 85mm Nikkor Macro, f4.5,1/800


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