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TracyF's picture
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Two questions

Just wanting to ask two questions about a couple of shots, if that's OK!

1. Is the DOF on this shot too shallow to work? I used f/4.0, and normally I like a shallow DOF but I'm wondering if in this case some of the flowers near the bottom of the shot are just a little too OOF when it's set against the sky like this. Just not sure.

2. Can anyone give me tips on getting good rainbow shots? I took this one last night, and we have been getting a lot around here lately, but I find them so hard to get the rainbow to really stand out!

AmberBella's picture
Joined: 02/15/07
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The depth of field isn't really the problem, I think it's the placement of the focus. I wish the OOF flowers were the one in focus. You may be right that it would be better if they were all in focus....or if they were more deliberately OOF. As is, it sort of looks accidental.

For beautiful rainbows....a polarizing filter helps a lot. Barring that...post processing should do it.

Ladybugsteph's picture
Joined: 06/21/06
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I think that with rainbow shots, it's more about PP work. At least it was for me. Here is mine. SOOC and my edit.

TracyF's picture
Joined: 08/14/06
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Ah! A polarizing filter! I do have one of those -- will definitely have to try that the next time. PP is not my strong suit at all (I over-do or under-do every time :-() but I will work on that too.

"AmberBella" wrote:

The depth of field isn't really the problem, I think it's the placement of the focus. I wish the OOF flowers were the one in focus. You may be right that it would be better if they were all in focus....or if they were more deliberately OOF. As is, it sort of looks accidental.

Ah, right. I knew there was something wrong with the shot, just couldn't quite figure where I'd gone wrong. (I know, dumb, but there ya have it.) I will have to try again.

Thanks for the feedback!

CJWilkes's picture
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I agree with Amber's advice. With me I like opening up my AP all the way for shots like that! OOF when done right is very very pretty! To me anyway Smile

The rainbow shots? Not really sure since I don't shoot them all too often. Love to hear what everyone has to say about them though Smile

Jeffininer's picture
Joined: 11/07/07
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The color in #1 is beautiful!!! The rich blue and pinks are just lovely. I agree with the focus, though. It should be all in focus, or those lower right hand flowers as the focus. No advice on the rainbow shot because I can't process a rainbow! I've tried, I just can't get the colors right.