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Flowers in my garden

Discussion in 'Nature' started by ballcall2, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. ballcall2

    ballcall2 Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 11, 2012
    Used the OM-D and the 14-45mm&20mm lenses. Please Comment and criticize:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/87240035@N03/8067415825/" title="פרחים (1 of 1)-7 by ballcall2, on Flickr"> 8067415825_0b63d4ca55_c. "800" height="600" alt="פרחים (1 of 1)-7"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/87240035@N03/8067414846/" title="פרחים (1 of 1)-5 by ballcall2, on Flickr"> 8067414846_5fce4150c1_c. "800" height="600" alt="פרחים (1 of 1)-5"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/87240035@N03/8067411628/" title="פרחים (1 of 1)-6 by ballcall2, on Flickr"> 8067411628_c3e9b60969_c. "800" height="600" alt="פרחים (1 of 1)-6"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/87240035@N03/8067418663/" title="פרחים (1 of 1)-3 by ballcall2, on Flickr"> 8067418663_80c60d1183_c. "800" height="600" alt="פרחים (1 of 1)-3"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/87240035@N03/8067420081/" title="פרחים (1 of 1)-2 by ballcall2, on Flickr"> 8067420081_79d05ede04_c. "800" height="600" alt="פרחים (1 of 1)-2"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/87240035@N03/8067413263/" title="פרחים (1 of 1) by ballcall2, on Flickr"> 8067413263_d292dfcf42_c. "800" height="634" alt="פרחים (1 of 1)"></a>
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  2. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 15, 2011
    Aberdeen Scotland
    A nice set of pictures, the lighting was diffuse which is good as it avoids highlights and shadows, the compositions are fine. I've tried to photo flowers and had mixed success, I think you have done well.

  3. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    nice set! The colors look great - the first four look a bit underexposed on my monitor. :cool: 
  4. David

    David Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 22, 2011
    nice color and composition. Like others said. First couple looks touch under expose.
    apart from that. Great.
  5. ballcall2

    ballcall2 Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 11, 2012
    Thank you for your cooments. I will o correct the underexposure in LR.
    I have couple of questions about my photos:
    1. Why the flowers don't look tack sharp? I didn't use the lenses wide open, I focused manualy very carefully and the lenses I used are supposed to be really sharp, and yet it is still not my desired sharpness.
    2) The colors of the last photo (the two red roses) looks really unnatural to me. I tryed to change them in LR, but it's still doesn't quite match my taste. How can I improve that?
  6. aragorn1980

    aragorn1980 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 10, 2012
    Athens Greece
    Beautiful colours and shots!
  7. I think all of the images have a plane of focus which is quite sharp, but the depth of field (in front and behind the plane of focus) is quite narrow because of the large apertures you used.

    The first three images used f/5.6, and the second three used f/8. It looks to me as though the depth of field is narrower for the first three, which is what you would expect. I use a G3, so the size of the depth of field for a particular aperture is the same as for your OM-D. In similar circumstances I tend to use at least f/11 to try to get all or at least most of the flower in focus, or a narrower aperture sometimes right out to f/22, depending on the shape of the flower.

    You may be concerned about losing sharpness with a smaller aperture, and it is true that you do lose sharpness. However, if the depth of field is too narrow the subject may have an overall appearance of not being sharp even though some of it is in fact sharp. So you may need to use smaller apertures to make best use (in terms of overall apparent sharpness of the subject) of the trade-off between sharpness and depth of focus.

    Here is an example of a flower captured using f/11 with the 14-42 kit lens on a G3 (I think it may have used a Canon 500D close-up lens but the principle is the same in terms of aperture, dof and sharpness.) Even using f/11 you can see that the edges of some of the petals are soft, for example the petal pointing to about 9 o'clock at the back of the flower.

    DMC-G3    ---    42mm    f/11.0    1/200s    ISO 800

    0371 15 2011_08_14 P1000381 PS1 CrCBy+ThrLebSa-900hSS24x0.3 by gardenersassistant, on Flickr

    I don't know what camera settings and post processing you are using, but you may need to do some mild small-radius sharpening to bring out the best in the images.
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