Saturday, May 13, 2006

Selective Focus


My camera has it's limitations. I don't know if my wife believes me, but it's true. When I took this photo, I tried several different ways of getting the smaller droplets of water on this blade of grass in focus. The only way I could do it was to bring the background into focus as well, and that looked crappy. I don't know if an SLR would have been able to do what I wanted for this shot, but I wish I had one so I could find out. That's probably enough hints for my wife, so I'll move on.

As it turns out, I like this photo just the way it is. I think the one large drop of water is fascinating, and stands out from the others because it is the only one in focus. Don't tell Bethany, but I think this photo turned out well because of my camera's limitations. I cropped this photo slightly, so that the blade of grass would be positioned perfectly. The image was also sharpened a bit. Otherwise, it's all natural.

By the way, I'm just teasing my lovely wife about the equipment issue. I love our camera and am very happy to have it. I hope to continue to push the boundaries of our point and shoot.

Canon PowerShot S2 IS, 6mm, f/2.7, 1/125 sec, ISO 50

21 Comments:

Blogger Laurie said...

I think this is a terrific macro.

I have a DSLR, and the limits of which you speak, I think have more to do with the lens. I do not have a true macro lens, so I have limits on what I can do in terms of shooting macros. I think your camera probably did a better job getting in tight on this blade of grass than mine could have.

How close were you able to get to the subject for this shot?

9:03 PM, May 13, 2006  
Blogger Timmybomb said...

I was really close. Because I have a point and shoot, my "macro" lens is really just my all-in-one wide angle/zoom lens. When doing a shot like this, I place my lens right next to the subject, sometimes touching it.

9:23 PM, May 13, 2006  
Anonymous david kleinert said...

there's something water drop images I love! this is great, the focus and detail is quite nice! cheers ;)

1:09 AM, May 14, 2006  
Blogger Nicola said...

That's a really great photo! Love it!

1:25 AM, May 14, 2006  
Blogger Kris said...

thats the spirit ! and this looks Great, really :)

2:03 AM, May 14, 2006  
Blogger Azhar said...

Amazing shot dude : Fantastic macro,wish my point & shoot could get that close though it's 10cm minimum for me :( I love this shot : GREAT GREAT SHOT!!!

3:55 AM, May 14, 2006  
Blogger Laurie said...

I can only get about as close as 10 or 12 inches perhaps with the lenses I have. I need a Macro lens, or one of their alternatives to achieve better "macro" shots.

7:49 AM, May 14, 2006  
Anonymous MrC said...

great great shot! :) water droplets rule! ;)

11:52 AM, May 14, 2006  
Blogger Adam Lee Dalziel said...

great shot tim - really like it -

Im amazed that you only have a point and click cam - considering your other photos too - they are of a great quality - both image wise and skill level - you would so benefit from an SLR - buy one and you'll wonder how u ever soped without one -

I started with a point and shoot with some manual settings and its a great place to learn - but once you find that the limitation of your camaera are starting to spoil your artistic vision - then you knwo your ready to move on -

12:56 PM, May 14, 2006  
Anonymous deji77 said...

really love this. the detail captured is just amazing.
the s2 is rocks!

3:15 PM, May 14, 2006  
Blogger Jill said...

PERFECT!! I love the focus on one subject and you nailed it on the biggest drop. Very nice!

3:40 PM, May 14, 2006  
Anonymous Suby said...

Divine. Love the shot.
Suby

3:53 PM, May 14, 2006  
Blogger Fraser said...

Hang on to your camera and your wife (and not necessarily in that order.) I like the way your photographic eye is developing.

4:03 PM, May 14, 2006  
Anonymous unklrbrt said...

Hi Timmybomb,

We greatly enjoye our time with you and Bethany this afternoon - thanks again for having us!

I like this shot
A lot
it's not
the camera
it's what you do
with what you got!

You are not permitted to upgrade until we get enough materials for the book! I figure we need at least 200 pages - to give some room for the editors tomanouver (cull). Then with the proceeds from the book, you can buy both of us new cameras and write them off as business expenses.

Have a great time in Oegano - a very pretty place to be (make some photos!).

unklrbrt

11:06 PM, May 14, 2006  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

I love the idea of the focus being on only the water drops near the top. Very nice!

11:57 PM, May 14, 2006  
Anonymous Fantom Poet said...

Its a lovely shot well done. One way around the DOF issue would be to bring everything into focus and add background blur at the processing stage with a little feathering to make it look natural.

2:19 AM, May 15, 2006  
Blogger Brent Vermilyea said...

Rookie photographer my A$$! Excellent work; great sharpness where it should be and excellent blur where it should be. The blade really cuts into the image. Kind regards, Brent

5:04 AM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Alice said...

Very nice, Tim! This is my favorite one so far! Keep up the great work!

7:03 AM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Gary said...

your angle really shows the leaf texture in the droplet

7:59 AM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Ana said...

macro lens,baby! that's what you need...well along with the slr. :O) This is still a very great shot. I love water droplets!

4:38 AM, May 16, 2006  
Blogger Palak Chokshi said...

excellent macro...love it

12:30 PM, May 19, 2006  

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