Trilliums

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I have a patch of trilliums at the edge of my garden. I've tried to photograph them for years and have yet to get a pic worth keeping. Do any of you have photos of trilliums so I can see how you do it.

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Hi Bruce

What's the problem you are having? focus? exposure? composition? How about posting a couple of your shots so we can suggest something.

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Composition

Composition. I've never tried getting that close to an individual bloom. I'm afraid all mine have vanished into the recycle bin. I'll try getting close up like that tomorrow.

Thanks.

Bruce
 

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I've tried only once... I need to attempt these again SOON!

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Obviously, the "secret" is to get up close. I've been trying to take pictures of bunches of them and that's why they don't work. Here are three I took this morning. No post and not in the league of the others above, but a start.

Nikkor 300 mm, f:4 on D300s

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[/url] DSC_0757 by BruceD200, on Flickr[/IMG]

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DSC_0755 by BruceD200, on Flickr

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These are a good illustration of why I like a short lens (55 or 105) for wildflowers. You can get in close to avoid other "stuff" getting in the way as in your shots. You could try a square crop on either of the last 2 to get rid of the out of focus foreground plant on hte left.

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Do you use spot focusing?

Bruce
The term spot focus isn't in the manual. Do you mean "single point auto-focus"?

I use manual focus for all close-up work. For me, it's the best way to ensure what I want in focus, is in focus. The photo I posted was taken with my 1977 55mm f3.5 AI manual focus lens.

Whenever I do use auto-focus for non-moving subjects I use single point and pick the point over what I most want in focus. It's more accurate than focus and re-compose.

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Thanks guys for your great help.

Larry, it's funny but I sold my Nikkor 55mm f:2.8 about a year ago because "I really don't need this any more."

Here's a bit of cropping and light pp in Capture NX2

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I'll try with the single point and manual focusing today.

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That's much better.

Do stick on a shorter lens when you go out today, though.
If you want another short micro the new 60 Nikkor is very good. I've been looking at the specs. of the Sigma 70 and if I didn't already have a short micro I'd be seriously considering it.

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Oh, that's the secret. All I have to do is get the 60 Nikkor and I'll be able to take photos like yours <grin> I'll try my Nikkor 85 f:1.4 today. I have a Nikkor 50 mm f:1.4 but I've never been fully happy with it.

Thanks for all your help.

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Perhaps not the secret but it can't hurt. Do you have a 24-70? It will allow you to get much closer than you can with ether the 50 or 85.

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If you have a 1.4TC for your 300 f4, you will also have different results
with that fine lens. You could also purchase the Canon 500D to use on
the 300 f4 to being you in closer...

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This thread is a little old, but here's one from eariler this year. Shot with a full set of extension tubes and a cheap Sigma 28-90.

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