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Old 26th June 2010
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Hi - I am new to this game, and have been experimenting with Dof. I am quite pleased with this result, and comments
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Old 26th June 2010
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Re: First Effort

Good DOF. Composition wise I would have got rid of the branch and green leaves in background in the upper left corner.
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Old 26th June 2010
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Also thought I would share this, found it drowning in a bucket, resued with the dustpan & quickly grabbed camera.
Didn't want to get too close as had no shoes on!!

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Re: First Effort

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Also thought I would share this, found it drowning in a bucket, resued with the dustpan & quickly grabbed camera.
Didn't want to get too close as had no shoes on!!

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Old 26th June 2010
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Good DOF. Composition wise I would have got rid of the branch and green leaves in background in the upper left corner.
Thanks, will try to ps it (not really got to grips with this software yet - still learning). Could not do anything in real life as rose was about 10ft up, and I did not have a step ladder to snip the offending branches
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Old 26th June 2010
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It did not seem happy, but quickly disappeared into undergrowth, so hope it survived.
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Re: First Effort

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Also thought I would share this, found it drowning in a bucket, resued with the dustpan & quickly grabbed camera.
Didn't want to get too close as had no shoes on!!

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That's a beautiful Staghorn beetle, I've not found one for quite a few years.
PS they don't wear shoes, so you could have got much closer.......
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Re: First Effort

That's a nice shot of the rose. I agree with Radar, that the branch in the background can be cloned out and removed. I've given it a try in PS, you could still do more to perfect the edge than I have, I'va also sharpened it a bit (ordinary "sharpen" in PS) and used the curves tool that gives it a little more depth.
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Re: First Effort

Beautiful shot of the rose Karen, nice depth of field control
I also agree with Radar and Cathrine with regard to removal of the top left hand branch/background and I would add perhaps with a slight repositioning within the frame (but that's just me)
A lovely shot never the less.
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Re: First Effort

You got the dof just right and tones and colour of the rose are very good, while i do not mind the leaves in the background it is the highlights on them that is the problem. The eye is always drawn to the brightest part of a image and in this case you want it to be the rose head.

That's a Staghorn Beetle and I have to say they seem to be getting pretty rare to see this days, so its a good job you rescued it.
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Re: First Effort

Hey Karen...Don't know about you but I am fed up of reading about THAT out of focus foliage...LOL

SO...

I got the pruners out and chopped it off....He he.
Hope you don't mind.
Keith
p.s. Also i thougfht I had commented sooner,but it appeares not.Just wanted to say how well you handled the exposure/dof on a tricky coloured subject.
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Old 27th June 2010
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Re: First Effort

Hi
Thanks to you all for your comments - much appreciated. Also thanks to Ringneck & Cathrine for removing the offending branches. I had a go myself, but made a right hash of it !!
Off now to practice some moving shots using shutter priority - what an exciting life I lead :-)
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