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Mike Fewster Veteran Member • Posts: 8,526
Re: Tropics

Chris Oly wrote:

Mike Fewster wrote:

Chris, my comments reflect some personal biases I have about dof and I am well aware that it is a viewpoint not widely shared.

With close up images like these, I look at what is and what isn't in sharp focus. Both are taken close up at 150mm and F2.8 and so have very limited dof. In both shots the petal edges are sharp while the central stamens are soft. The shapes of the petals however take our eyes straight to the centres. I feel that both shots would have more impact if that central area had been sharper.

Your Oly EM1mk3 has a feature that I would dearly love to have on my camera. You can bracket focus points and then stack the images. This would still leave the softfocus background.

Further thoughts. I much prefer 1 to 2. The extra details and lighting on the surrounding leaves and buds give a more interesting framing of the flower. The light to shadow gradations in 1are softer and more pleasing as well to my eye.

Thanks very much for your comments. I tried one with stacking and one without. Very interesing results.

with

without

Thanks for taking the trouble to try this. You have demonstrated why I am displeased that my camera doesn't have focus bracketing.

I'm a bit puzzled. The yellow centre still looks a little softy while the petals and leaves around same distance are razor sharp. I'd have expected the centre to have the same sharpness as the edges. Or does the centre project forwards and is closer to the camera than the point where you began the focus bracket? Movement? But there is no sign of anything else possibly moving?

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