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06-16-2012, 08:20 AM   #241
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OK, here's a macro of sorts. 3-d or not 3-d, that is the question!



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QuoteOriginally posted by DanielT74 Quote
OK, here's a macro of sorts. 3-d or not 3-d, that is the question!
Daniel & Rick - nice shots. Daniel, I think your shot falls into the "sort-of 3D" category, with the shallow DOF and the stem coming towards the lens. The same might be said of these crepe myrtle shots taken with the kit lens. These arent great examples, imo, but I think they do have a bit of the 3d factor:


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QuoteOriginally posted by Todd Adamson Quote
Everyone's got different views on what "3D" is, and different ideas about how to get it. Regarding what it is, I'd only say that it's not simply focal isolation; it's a real sense of dimensionality and "presence" to the subject. Like you can reach out an touch it, or walk around it and see all sides. In many cases (though not always), complete focal isolation with a smooth background bokeh actually works against 3D, making the subject look like a cardboard cutout.

Regarding how to get it, here's my opinion: no element of color, composition, DOF, etc. can rule it out. But I think you raise your chances by shooting at or near the lens' optimal aperture for sharpness, and that focus has to be perfect. I think having elements in different distinct focal planes helps, and in contrast to what someone else has said, I think having some slightly OOF foreground elements can help, often. Above everything else, the most important parameter to getting a 3D effect is a quality lens. I rarely see a 3D effect with a crappy lens
An excellent summation / assumption and some excellent sample shots too.

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Easily one of the best in this thread (I'm working backwards rough the thread) !

Many shots here have no 3D at all to my eyes, just good shots.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Arjay Bee Quote
While it is showing the classic macro low dof it is particularly 3D around the wing base where the red fur sticks forward from the black making this area seem like it is forward from the plane of focus and all velvety of the rest of the body - just my eyes or is it apparent to others as well?.
To me the more I look at this the more it shows some 3D and I believe it is from the multi layers of varying OOF. If you look at a child's 3D book then each image consists of layers - not just an image on a 'stalk'.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Todd Adamson Quote
Regarding how to get it, here's my opinion: no element of color, composition, DOF, etc. can rule it out. But I think you raise your chances by shooting at or near the lens' optimal aperture for sharpness, and that focus has to be perfect. I think having elements in different distinct focal planes helps, and in contrast to what someone else has said, I think having some slightly OOF foreground elements can help, often. Above everything else, the most important parameter to getting a 3D effect is a quality lens. I rarely see a 3D effect with a crappy lens.
I have to humbly and respectfully disagree. IMHO, the most important parameter(s) for 3D effect is/are light and DOF control. Namely the low angled light that forms the picture (often seen if one turns their back to the sunset). As for DOF control, the relation of distances between camera, subject and background seem to be very important. Naturally one has to pick the right aperture to reflect that on the final shot.

I should also humbly and respectfully point out that "shooting at or near the lens' optimal aperture" would often minimize the differences between high quality and "regular" lenses...

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here's one.

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See how the little old M20/4 stacks up at MFD:



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This has made me realize that (surprisingly) my Sigma 70-300 seems to pull this effect off the most, my 75-260 seems to pull it off the best, and that my primes don't seem to do it often at all - mostly because they over-blur the background bokeh. It seems like you need a background thats recognizable to pull a good 3D look off. If your DOF is so shallow the background is reduced to shades of various colors with no definition to it, the 3D effect is lessened.











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This turned out quite 3-D methinks. Looks better against black background, right?


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