Leanne Moore  

Spiky Buds by Leanne Moore

July 2021 - Spiky Buds

About the Image(s)

I often wander around my garden for images. This image is the buds on a cherry tomato plant. I cropped and did basic adjustments in Lightroom. I used Silver Efex Pro from NIK Software to convert to monochrome.
I used my Olympus E-M1 Mk11 with a 40-150mm f2.8 lens plus a MC 1.4 convertor.
ISO 200 , 1/250sec @ f4

6 comments posted

Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
Love the detail and the lines in this image. It is a wonder something so stark and fragile can produce delicious cherry tomatoes. I feel like every plants stage has a purpose. I would have tried to get all the buds in focus.   Posted: 07/08/2021 09:41:18

Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Hi Leanne,
Nice subject. It appears like a star in a dark sky. Good lines and texture on the plant. However, the image appears to be soft on my computer.   Posted: 07/08/2021 17:09:16

Randy Andre   Randy Andre
Nice photo, I had to go outside and look closer at my cherry tomato plants and see that yes this is what they look like. The objects that are contained within your dof focus are sharp (high shutter speed), but the f/4 aperture created a narrow dof. I find when I shoot flowers in my garden I have to use a high shutter speed as any slight breeze will blur them. I am starting to use a flash so I can increase the aperture (decrease to make smaller??) to create a larger dof. I still need lots of practice   Posted: 07/09/2021 11:28:07

Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
This is a good macro shot revealing the intricate detail of these buds. The background is not intrusive and the mono treatment shows the fine hairs/tendrils on the flower buds. You don't say if you used a tripod for this but 1/250 should have been enough to restrict movement. But the depth of field is the main issue particularly with the second from left foremost bud which is very soft whilst its companion are spot on. Maybe if the light is not so good, bump up the ISO to say 400 and try for an aperture of at lest f11 to get greater depth of field. I don't mind the stalk strand coming in from the top right as being out of focus.   Posted: 07/10/2021 03:27:33

Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
I love the detail of the hairs and the slightly alien look: I can see this attacking the crew of the Enterprise.

I have to confess that I have had so much trouble with DoF in macro photography that I tend to either accept deliberate blurring for effect or (and this is not very eco-minded) I cut off a sample, and bring it into the house with an North facing window and a little LED, use a tripod, f/16 or more, a slow shutter-speed (with a remote release - a cell-phone app) and a black card from the Dollar store. Drastic but true.

The LED would also help outside - and you could always put the card behind the subject there too.   Posted: 07/10/2021 12:57:23

Leanne Moore
Thanks for your comments everyone and yes I totally agree I should have used a larger DOF. I have a bad habit of using a narrow DOF and a low ISO with macro. I am trying to train myself not to.
I do have a Speedlight but am guilty of not utilizing it very much. I will get it out and give it a go.
I use an Olympus E-M1 MK11 and have just started using the focus stacking and bracketing features. They help to get everything sharp too.   Posted: 07/21/2021 22:49:42


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