Newbie at Macro

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Here's one of my first attempts at macro with my new 105vr. I shot this handheld at f/18. I'd love to get some feedback/tips since I'm a complete newbie at macro.

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Nice and sharp, sweet light and great color, pleasing composition and you caught a nice pose of the a bee. Good job, your doing great, keep going.

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Jim,
You could stop that down a bit and get a faster shutter speed. Because on an image like this the DOF doesn't need to be real deep you really don't need to shoot at f/18 (or f/16 1/125 according to the EXIF). With the faster shutter speed, you will reduce even more motion blur... not saying you have a lot , but the 105 is capable of crystal clear shots.

Very nice image.

P.S. If you're going to do a lot of macro.... a good tripod is a wise investment.
 
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Jim,
You could stop that down a bit and get a faster shutter speed. Because on an image like this the DOF doesn't need to be real deep you really don't need to shoot at f/18 (or f/16 1/125 according to the EXIF). With the faster shutter speed, you will reduce even more motion blur... not saying you have a lot , but the 105 is capable of crytal clear shots.

Very nice image.

P.S. If you're going to do a lot of macro.... a good tripod is a wise investment.

Great advice Paul... Jim welcome to our world :wink:
 
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Thanks for the advice. I started shooting wide open, but wasn't really happy with the results. I've discovered how narrow DOF really is in macro, so I may have gone overboard a bit. I do have a tripod, so I'll try that. By the way, I planted a small sunflower garden just for the macro shots (ok, to amuse the kids too). How geeky is that?
 

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