Keith Au  

Closer Look by Keith Au

October 2021 - Closer Look

October 2021 - Keith Au


About the Image(s)

Title: Closer Look

This image was taken last Summer (August 2021) in my backyard;

one of my first close-up shots using the Nikon 105mm f/2.8 Micro lens.

Objective was to try to elicit the detail structure of this beautiful bright flower.

Gear: Nikon D850 w/lens 105mm f/2.8 micro; no polarizer filter used

Manual exposure: f/5 @ 1/640s; -0.7EV; 9-point focus mode.
Auto ISO @ 2200
Tripod not used
Post-processing tool: Adobe Photoshop & Camera Raw (ACR)

5 comments posted

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
Hi Keith,
Another welcome to our group! (Pat is new, too.)
Straight shots of flowers make a good subject if you're just starting to get closer. You'll soon discover (you might already know) that depth of field becomes a real problem the closer you get, but that can be used to advantage by a skilled photographer.
You'll see that the furthest petals are becoming blurred, but the foreground ones are all sharp, and to me that's fine. Much better usually to let the background go soft and keep the foreground sharp as it pulls the viewer's eye. I'd recommend manual focussing as the camera doesn't know what you want to be sharp! Usually they go for the closest point to focus on, but not always.
Capturing an insect is an added bonus! I often don't notice little critters getting in until I look at my photos on the computer.   Posted: 10/09/2021 15:03:54
Keith Au   Keith Au
Hi Stuart,
Thanks very much for your comment.. good advice on the depth of field. That's what I found myself struggling with when first started macro photography.
I was trying to set the focus points larger so to cover the parts I want to be sharp. It's a great point that I should use manual focus to ensure what the outcome is what I am after. Thanks again.

P.S. The aperture of my picture was bit too large as well.

Keith.   Posted: 10/09/2021 15:49:46

Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
Wow, a difficult shot when you aren't on a tripod! And it looks like DOF has already been commented on. I would also suggest a larger aperture, not smaller. That would have given you balanced focus. For me, I see that some of the flower is very sharp, but then some isn't. You can do this unless the out-of-focus pieces get too close to your foreground. Same mistake I made on mine this month. And then you have to watch the background!! Softer might have been better for the stem and right-hand side, or fix in post if necessary. On the plus side, your lighting feels really good. Welcome to our Macro group!   Posted: 10/10/2021 17:15:29
Keith Au   Keith Au
Hi Carol,
Thanks for your detailed observation. Agreed that, with even larger aperture I may be able to make it the sharpest in the middle of the flower and the outer part a bit softer; hence the main subject of attention would stand out more.
I was thinking of removing the stem, but thought it would show a leading line to the center.. Will try to soften it more or removing it next time.
Appreciate your great suggestion.   Posted: 10/10/2021 23:19:17

Keith Au   Keith Au
Thanks to Carol's and Stuart's welcome greetings. I feel right at home in this group. Enjoying the exchange of ideas.
  Posted: 10/10/2021 23:22:02


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