Jorn Holm-Pedersen  

Withered Tansy by Jorn Holm-Pedersen

June 2020 - Withered Tansy

About the Image(s)

Attached a humble attempt to shoot macro. The subject is a withered tansy and much more about the image isn't to say.
Taken on Fujifilm X-T2, 80mm macro f/2,8. 1/125 sec, f/6,4, ISO 640. I added strong grain effect in camera setting. Film simulation Acros with yellow filter. Shot in JPEG and no post processing.

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8 comments posted

Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
This is a fine attempt at a macro shot Jorn. It has many things going for it, but sadly also some things going against it. My following comments are just my thoughts and my desire to help you improve your technique which will then hopefully help you enjoy better results. When you have a subject with depth such as this, macro shooting will almost always result in a shallow depth of field, f2.8 is only going to exaggerate that further. Have you thought about trying it again at say f11 or even f16? I have heard it said "Less is best." Looking at this image I see 2 subjects, a major one in the center and a lesser one to the lower left. Just put your hand over each one in turn and look at the other one. The larger one having more "buds" has some close to the camera that are out of focus, then some in focus, then some towards the rear out of focus. The smaller one lower left does not "appear" to suffer as badly. Your b@w setting and adding the grain does suit this style of image and subject. I would love to see you try it again but with not so much subject matter. Quite often a "minimalist" image can be stronger. I hope this helps.   Posted: 06/09/2020 05:42:37
Jorn Holm-Pedersen   Jorn Holm-Pedersen
Thank you for comments and advises Ian following them I will give my macro attempts another try.
Just a little comment: the photo is shot by f6,4. The lens is 80mm f2,8 macro.   Posted: 06/13/2020 08:40:34

Sanford Morse   Sanford Morse
Agree with Ian: dump the left plan, maybe a 1:1. Also, the whole of the plant in focus would be less distracting and give more emphasis to the plant in the background. I'd like to see the color version before choosing B&W. I guess B&W works because it is withered.   Posted: 06/10/2020 10:33:59
Jorn Holm-Pedersen   Jorn Holm-Pedersen
Thanks to you too Sanford. Unfortunately I can't show the image in color - I shoot JPEG.   Posted: 06/13/2020 08:42:01

Jay Joseph   Jay Joseph
I tend to agree with Ian and Sanford, but I do like the subject and the black and white effect. I have been experimenting with close-up images and have been finding it very hard to get the entire image in good focus.   Posted: 06/11/2020 15:03:15
Jorn Holm-Pedersen   Jorn Holm-Pedersen
Thank you Jay. Let us both go on trying!   Posted: 06/13/2020 08:43:03

Cyndy Doty   Cyndy Doty
Jorn - I agree with the others, removal of the plant on the left would enhance your image. I do like your image, and your choice of black and white works well.   Posted: 06/14/2020 09:51:13

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
I agree with all above. I do really like the grain effect you chose for this b&w image.   Posted: 06/24/2020 15:44:51