Susan Sideways

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Just a little something different I shot while working on a self-imposed "assignment" this past weekend:

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I'd be interested in knowing if you would have gone for a much greater depth of field to sharpen the whole flower for this shot? I feel ambivalent about it.

Thanks for looking.
 
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Hi Harry. . . . having shot a few "sideways" images myself I can tell you the F. stop won't help when shooting that close.......I just started using Helicon Focus yesterday.......by taking numerous shot at slightly different focus points, you can bring the entire subject into sharp focus.......If you haven't tried it yet; give it a shot.
 
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Harry,

Personally, I would go for a greater depth of focus. I find the leading petal a bit distracting.
Just my $0.02.
 
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Just my guess, Harry, but I think the existing DOF would have worked better if you had used an angle oblique to the leading petal rather than shooting head on along its axis. As shot, that petal looks like something that got in the way rather than forming a logical lead into the focus area.
 
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Hi Harry. . . . having shot a few "sideways" images myself I can tell you the F. stop won't help when shooting that close.......I just started using Helicon Focus yesterday.......by taking numerous shot at slightly different focus points, you can bring the entire subject into sharp focus.......If you haven't tried it yet; give it a shot.

Wow, Gerald, I never heard of that trick. Thanks for the tip.

Harry,

Personally, I would go for a greater depth of focus. I find the leading petal a bit distracting.
Just my $0.02.

Not a bad $0.02. I too find it distracting much of the time. But that said, I said I'm ambivalent because sometimes when I look at it it seems to sharpen the focus on the button and stem by contrast.

Just my guess, Harry, but I think the existing DOF would have worked better if you had used an angle oblique to the leading petal rather than shooting head on along its axis. As shot, that petal looks like something that got in the way rather than forming a logical lead into the focus area.

Interesting comment, Bob. I think you are right. I actually took these in a hurry while aiming for another look (you'll see in Collective Shoot #95 if you join us) and didn't give it much thought. Thanks.
 

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