Carol Sheppard  

Exploring the Depths by Carol Sheppard

July 2021 - Exploring the Depths

About the Image(s)

It was taken with my OMD1-3, 60mm macro lens, natural light, handheld. The settings were ISO1600, f3.5, 1/40th sec. I denoised and sharpened slightly, raised the shadows and slightly lowered the whites, using LR and Photoshop.

I wish I hadn't used such a high ISO, but I was too lazy to go get the tripod!!

8 comments posted

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
I really like the dreamy sort of feeling this gives me. I reminds me of some of Charles Needle's work.

You might have been able to drop a stop or two on aperture as our Olly's have great image stabilisation. Whether the bigger depth of field enhanced it or not is a matter of taste of course - nothing wrong with this one. Or you could have reduced ISO if that was your priority.

You might find that noise reduction in Adobe would help the noise, but it looks worse that I'd expect at 1600ISO. Have you cropped in a lot?

I'm still finding that my new ringflash transforms hand held work, you get massive control of the exposure triangle because you are making it an exposure square, having then got control over the incident light.   Posted: 07/10/2021 11:54:38
Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
Stuart, to answer your question, no, didn't have to crop much. But after experimenting, I have decided that the noise at ISO1600 for macro work is just too much, despite all the post-processing options I've tried. Fortunately, I don't often have to use this ISO.

I'm glad you liked the dreaminess; that was my goal in this one.   Posted: 07/10/2021 17:07:44
Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Stuart, thanks for the intro to Charles Needle - this is one of my favorite unadvertised benefits of a PSA membership!   Posted: 07/11/2021 11:20:03
Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
We can do better than that! If you go to the PSA main site and log in, then go to PSA Education / Webinar recordings, then look towards the bottom of the list and you'll see "Creative macro photography with Charles Needle, July 15 2019". It's good! I saw it live and then went and bought his book.   Posted: 07/11/2021 14:35:29

Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Great shot, Carol. Nice processing. One suggestion, crop about an inch from the bottom, this image doesn't need those "legs" on the right to stand on!   Posted: 07/11/2021 11:34:30
Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
Right you are! Thanks for drawing my attention to it; sometimes we look at these things so long, we don't see them!   Posted: 07/11/2021 14:30:48

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Dreamy is a great descriptive word for this image. I found myself becoming calmer while studying it. Lately, calmer is a good thing. d;¬{D

I think the level of noise goes beyond grain, so I decided this would be a good test image for On1's new NoNoise AI, and found the program's default settings worked well here.

I also agree about the "legs" that Bill talked about, but didn't want to affect the composition by cropping, so removed them. I also played with flipping the image horizontally and decided that your angle was better as it pulled the eye into the image more. Thoughts?   Posted: 07/17/2021 14:18:28
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Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
Yes, Tom! Much better! Thanks!   Posted: 07/17/2021 17:28:08


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