Tony Tam  

Orchid stamens – Macro image by Tony Tam

June 2022 - Orchid stamens – Macro image

June 2022 - Tony Tam

Orchid stamens closeup for reference

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I use Sony 7RII with Sony 90 mm, f/2.8 lens.setting: f/8 1/100. This is a good macro lens for flower close up shooting .This lens can be set in from unlimit ½“ 0.5m; 0.5-0.28m and can be set in very close distance. I also enclosed another closeup photo for reference.

12 comments posted

Barbara Mallon   Barbara Mallon
Your image is lovely. The light and exposure are perfect. There seems a bit too much at the top and too little at the bottom. The right side could be cropped for better composition. The photo is also noisy. Topaz filters are great for this.   Posted: 06/11/2022 15:46:34

Gaetan Manuel   Gaetan Manuel
Too much noise! What about a 'square cropping'? As Barbara mentioned, there is too much 'empty' space at the top. Otherwise, good shot.   Posted: 06/12/2022 10:34:59

Tony Tam   Tony Tam
Barbara, Thank you for about noise comment, also thanks Gaetan.
Before I thought that looks nose at petals are macro textures. Now I use Topaz DeNoise to denoise and get result. It looks better.
  Posted: 06/13/2022 03:29:32
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Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
The slight tilt to the flower adds interest. I would crop some off the left to take the center of the flower out of the center. Getting rid of the noise helps the image.   Posted: 06/13/2022 08:48:08

Hoshedar Cooper   Hoshedar Cooper
Hello Tony, I dabble in micro a bit and know how challenging it is, especially with moving insects. I am a bit confused here. The image on the right is very clear with little or no noise but the posted image is noisy. Your intention was to present the entire flower and in you expanded the image resulting in noise or are they two different images altogether? The whites dominate and the colour in the flower could have been enhanced a bit by increasing the saturation? Unfortunately the noise is too much to enjoy the image fully. Whilst Topaz is one way, it is best to get the ISO right when one is shooting? I am not sure what ISO setting you used and if it was high I am assuming you were shooting in very low light? I apologise for these queries but am trying to understand the ambience in which you shot this image. Thank you.   Posted: 06/14/2022 06:38:30

Tony Tam   Tony Tam
Thank you all for valuable comments about the noise issues. it got my attention to think cause this issue reason. I am shooting this photo with a LED light in the back side, I thought the macro texture might has the shade. I shoot few of similar photo, one is less such "noise". I attached for compare. I had not such issues on other closeups. Attached couple closeup for your reference.
Hoshedar. the ISO is 800. I think for it is not big ISO for modern digital camera.   Posted: 06/15/2022 00:45:16

Tony Tam   Tony Tam
I attached couple of closeup for your reference.   Posted: 06/15/2022 01:02:27

Tony Tam   Tony Tam
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Tony Tam   Tony Tam
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Tony Tam   Tony Tam
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Tony Tam   Tony Tam
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Rich Sears   Rich Sears
Orchids are indeed great subjects for macro shooting. The contour of the petals, diffused lighting and softness of focus help your image, Tony. While applying Topaz DeNoise helped your image, there is still evidence of high denoise processing around the outer edge of the center pedal. Otherwise, with other's comments considered, a nice capture.   Posted: 06/22/2022 19:34:03


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