Anza Borrego Wildflowers ~~ Playing with my Macro

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Comments (19)

alek solo on March 27, 2010

Beautiful flower!!!

Greetings, Alek:)

E.Bagherian on March 27, 2010

Very beautiful macro!

Greetings, Esmaeel

~~West Coast Sharon~… on March 28, 2010

Thanks Alek and Esmaeel for the kind comments. I have been trying to figure out field of view and get a good background in different stages. I did like this one also. Many thanks, Sharon

Norrel on March 29, 2010

Well played, Sharon!

~~West Coast Sharon~… on March 30, 2010

Thank you very much. Sharon

Majid Salehyar on March 31, 2010


very beautiful flower... very nice shot

best of again for this one


~~West Coast Sharon~… on April 1, 2010

Thank you very much Majid for the great comment and for the Best of. It is very much appreciated. Sharon

i v a n n a on April 3, 2010

Happy Easter to you, my good friend Sharon!

With ♥ from St. Petersburg, Russia ))

E.Bagherian on April 4, 2010

...and best of!

With best wishes, Esmaeel

Steve Paxton on April 6, 2010

Sharon you will note there is nothing better than a flower on A try to open the aperture bigger. bigger the better so more is in focus. you will need a tripod. thats not to say there are times you choose to have a narrow depth of field for effect. Rings also make for a closer Macro.

whoelius on April 8, 2010

That's a nice lens you've got there, Sharon! You must have a rich husband. :P

The colours are lovely here.

If I've read the above message right, it's wrong; a bigger aperture gives less depth of field. To get more in focus one should use smaller apertures.

Nawitka on April 8, 2010

I agree with who -- however (confusingly) bigger aperatures have smaller numbers. You need a bigger F-stop number to get more depth of field. F8 or F16 have almost infinite depth -- and everything is in focus. :)

All that aside, you seem to have hit on my favorite f-stop setting for flowers i.e. f6.3. Pretty good depth for the flower and the background nicely out of focus.

whoelius on April 9, 2010

It's confusing because the numbers should be denoted as fractions, e.g. f/8, because that's what they are. f/8 means the aperture - the diameter of the opening of the lens diaphragm - is focal length divided by 8.

Steve Paxton on April 9, 2010

Gents & Sharon its me that is confusing every body by mentioning "apeture" what i was really talking about is the F stop numbers. so yes i agree with who and Nawitka 100% best way to remember as my dad taught me smaller number smaller focus larger number larger focus. steve

~~West Coast Sharon~… on April 9, 2010

Boy or boy, am I totally out of my element. So, if I want a close-up and no or fuzzy background then I use a small number f-stop such as 2.9 4 or 5 or 6.3 or somewhere around there and if I want to see the background all the way back then I use a f stop which is a bigger number such as 8 or 11 or 16 or so. What if I want it to be in focus at the front and the back??? What in the heck number do I use then????? By the way Whoelius, I will be up there in a couple of weeks, what is the weather now. Is it short wearing weather or will I need to bring something to be toasty in? Thank you all for your great advice. I love all the help I can get.

Whoelius. I love my new lens. No my hubby isn't too rich. He just never says much when I want something, as I don't say anything when he wants stuff. I do want another new camera but I kind want a Nikon and if I get that none of my lenses I just got will fit. I am sure I should learn this one first then we will see.

Thanks again for all your help, boys. It is great and any time you have a comment, I never get hurt feelings, remember, I am blind in one eye and totally inept at the camera business but love it anyway. Best to you, Sharon

whoelius on April 10, 2010

Right. Give yourself a thinner focal plane with bigger apertures, which are denoted by smaller f-numbers. But f/2.8 is different for you from how it is for others. Sensor sizes for a given focal length and aperture are inversely proportional to the the square root of depth of field. What that means is that bigger sensors give smaller depths of field. Ansel Adams, for instance, was part of a group called f/64, as that's the aperture he often used with his large format camera, whose sheets of film were 4x5 inches.

The different terminologies that are thrown around don't help either. A "stop", for instance, equates to a doubling or halving of light. There's one stop difference, between ISO 100 and ISO 200, between f/2 and f/2.8, or between a 1/50 second exposure and a 1/100 second exposure. Why the f-number has been christened "f-stop" is beyond me.

Of the two big brands, I'd certainly say that ergonomically Nikon has the upper hand, but neither Nikon nor Canon would be in their position if they sold crap cameras.

Vancouver today has been delightfully sunny. :)

~~West Coast Sharon~… on April 11, 2010

Wow Whoelius. You must be a Brain Surgeon or a Rocket Scientist. I am so impressed with your comments and I think I understood about 1/3 of it. I am practicing taking photos of the same photo and each one is at a different f-stop from the first one in my camera to the last. I am going to write it all down and then look at each one to see the difference. I hate having such a nice camera and not understanding 1/10 of the stuff it can do, needless to say all the additional lenses I purchased, That is a whole other set of questions. Thanks and thanks for the nice weather. Keep it up until the end of April, if you would. Sharon

İsmail Taşoğlu (yemt… on April 19, 2010

Good morning Sharon,

Excellent macro photo. Superb clarity and color harmony. A really good shots. BO

I wish you a good week. İsmail

ALLWO - I LIKE PANOR… on July 26, 2011

Glückwunsch - Dein Foto von der Blume gefällt mir gut - Die Farbe ist sehr schön - LIKE 3 - Alles Gute von ALLWO -

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on March 25, 2010
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    by ~~West Coast Sharon~…
    • Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 100.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/6.300
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: -0.33 EV
    • No flash