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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Aperture SOOC Sunday

f2.8    1/640sec   ISO 200

f3.5    1/500sec   ISO 200 

f5.0    1/200sec   ISO 200 

f8.0    1/160sec   ISO 400 

f11.0    1/125sec   ISO 640

I enjoy doing macros with a series of apertures and seeing the different depths of field or DOF.

The wider (smaller f number) your shutter opening (aperture), the more shallow the focus will be.

This is not a perfect study because I did not use a tripod and you can see I did have varying distances in these since I was holding the camera.
The lens was maybe 1 foot away from the group of flowers.

I thought my focus point was consistent, but evidently I missed it on the first shot.  

Auto ISO
No flash
SOOC jpg  No adjustment other than reduce for web

I forget my flower anatomy, but those white tips on the ?stamen? of the azalea always get my attention.
Maybe I need to get a microscope.

I think I like the f3.5 better.

Which shot is your favorite?


Pamela Gordon said...

Those are amazing photos! Are those silver tipped things called the stamens? I forget my plant knowledge too. Beautiful pics!

Wren said...


Anonymous said...

Beautiful. I do like the f3.5 the best also. I really envy people who are brave enough to explore and learn about those manual settings.

The Southern Peach-Girls said...

AMAZING! i LOVE it! Thank you for following! It was very sweet of you to. Thanks again!
-Moira (Farm Girl)
,Little Camera Big World

Robyn said...

I saw your link on Weekly Top Shot. Lovely flower pictures.

The last one is my favorite.

Lighthousegal said...

Beautiful flowers. While each shot is awesome, I think I like the third one the best.
I love the color of the azaleas.
Happy Sunday!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

This is a great post. Helps us all become better photographers! I think I like f3.5 or f5 the best... nice and sharp with blurry, soft background. Nicely done!

heyBJK said...

These are gorgeous photos, Amy! You did a fantastic job. Beautiful color!

Linda said...

I have to agree with you - I like the f3.5 the best too...loved the DOF on that one! And the color was very nice - such a soft pink!

Jan n Jer said...

Very nice series of macros. I like the 3.5 one the best. Nice clear focus on the bloom n nice amount of blurr in the background. I use that aperture setting for all my macros!

Pam said...

I'm with you, I think the 3.5 is a nice combination of sharpness and blurred background. Those stamens are amazing. BTW, whenever I post a photo on my blog with a lot of blurred background my sister has to email me and tell me that my photo is out of focus and then I have to explain it to her again. I think I'll start barring her from my blog :).

Deanna said...

I need to do more of these. I am such a lazy photographer, I tend to stay with the same type of settings. I find one that I like and stick with it. I have to agree I do like the 3.5

Anonymous said...

SO beautiful those azaleas... I too like to adjust my settings and see what I can get out of my camera. Thank you Amy for sharing on Weekly Top Shot...

Nancy Claeys said...

I'm drawn to the f5.0 -- but they are all lovely. :)

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Kerry said...

Very pretty even though I don't understand all the photo tech stuff! Just curious, what time of the day did you take these?

EG CameraGirl said...

Beautiful blossoms to practice on! I like doing studies such as this.

DrillerAA09 said...

Very nice series and experimenting with the camera settings. I really need to do more of that.
I think I like the f5.0-1/200-ISO200. It seems to have the best blend of focus in the foreground and bokah in the background. Now just a little tweaking in PhotoShop Elements and you'll have something suitable for framing. Nice work.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Lovely work. I think I also prefer the 3.5. Interesting to se them side by side.

Maria @ LSS said...

Gorgeous shots! Happy RT2!

Mine's here.

Liz said...

These are so lovely!

Kathy said...

They're all lovely!

Anonymous said...

Excellent! WoW! =)

wifetoalineman02 said...

wow! gorgeous flowers and shots :-) beautiful :-) Dropping by from RT2


Leah H. said...

Lovely and beautiful flowers..

Visiting for RT 2 - hope you can stop by:)