Carol Sheppard  

A Zen Moment in the Garden by Carol Sheppard

September 2020 - A Zen Moment in the Garden

About the Image(s)

The settings were ISO5000, 100mm Macro Lens, 1/200th sec and f8.

Taken at Van Duzen Gardens in Vancouver. I did minimal editing, mainly adding a vignette and some contrast adjustment.

3 comments posted

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
It must have been quite low light in there for ISO 5000! The result doesn't suffer from too much noise despite that, so it was a good call to keep the shutter speed high enough for hand held and apertures fairly small.

A nice flower and composition. Following my "for a sense of calmness, make the flow left to right" principle, I'd have flipped it horizontally.

Alas despite that, the depth of field is inadequate to get all the flower in sharp focus, I'm sure you'll agree? Even the sharper parts are a little soft. Did you take a jpg (in which case the camera will have done some sharpening) - if not, then adding some clarity might have helped. It might anyway.

Depth of field is THE critical macro technical skill. It doesn't all have to be sharp (as I delight in practicing) but the sharpness and blur have to be consistent and logical I think. The blurred background is great here (although I'd darken the lighter parts of background a little to make the flower stand out more) but the flower needs more depth of field to look comfortable to me.

=> Smaller sensor (your Olympus will give more depth of field than your Canon in a given situation. The Olly 60mm macro is a super lens, and there are simple ways to take it to 4x or even 5x magnification if you wish, or double that if you compare subject size to full frame as your yardstick, as some workers do)
=> Smaller aperture
=> Focus bracket and stack
=> Artificial light to get the exposure into a more comfortable region if long exposure isn't possible   Posted: 09/12/2020 02:02:55

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
This was a tough nut to crack handheld. I don't know if I could have done half as well. Your composition is very strong, though it would be stronger flipped horizontally as Stuart noted. For me, the background would show off the flower better if was all black. Here's a quick example:   Posted: 09/18/2020 16:25:35
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Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
Interesting input; I oftentimes like a stark black background, but for this one, I prefer a more natural state. Yes, most of it is softer, and it wasn't focus stacked. I wanted a more artistic rendition, but perhaps it isn't technically a great image. Great feedback!
  Posted: 09/18/2020 22:45:21


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