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02-08-2011, 07:11 AM   #1
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Seed Pod Re-Shoot?
Lens: Tamron 90 2.8 macro Camera: K-x Photo Location: the woods 

Sometimes I get obsessed with the wrong ideas when it comes to photography. There is something about a photo that speaks to me and no one else. These might be in that category.

The reason I am posting here is because I am thinking about trekking back out into the woods with my tripod and camera to do a re-shoot, to see if I can get more pods in focus. These are minuscule things, each pod 1/2 the size of a cue tip head. I should have used a tripod. I have worked on these but realize there is not enough focus to justify the time-in.

Is there something here worthy of a re-shoot?

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QuoteOriginally posted by tessfully Quote
thinking about trekking back out into the woods with my tripod and camera to do a re-shoot, to see if I can get more pods in focus.
That's a good idea Tess. You could experiment with different aperture values and decide later what's working best. That way you would be improving your DOF calculations. These are quite important to this kind of photography. Hope it helps.

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You could bring one home to do controlled shots (without wind, etc), as the background is indistinguishable.
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Tess I personally like this kind of shot . Possible add just a little DOF and picking a non windy day may be very beneficial.

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One thing I found that REALLY helped in concurring my macro nemesis, the wind, is Catch In Focus. I don't know Which Tamron 90 you have but if you can turn off the autofocus on the Lens, you can set your focus (in AF-S), hold the shutter release, and let the wind blow your seed pod into focus. The camera will then take the photo..

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I took everyone's advise yesterday and gave these another shot. I found some similar pods in my own backyard and moved them to a shelter spot, used the tripod, tried different DOF trials. Today I a going to try the suggestion Jeff made regarding the focus in AF-S mode. Thanks so much for the great suggestions ... a tremendous help!!
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Make sure you can do Catch in Focus before you go out in the cold and get frustrated with it. I'm not 100% certain you can do it with your current set up. If the lens is a manual focus lens, you're good to go with it. If it's strictly autofocus, there's still a way but it isn't as convenient and is a bit of a balancing act.

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Hey Jeff, my Tamron lens also has a manual setting but my K-x does not have the AF-S function. However, I see that my partner's K20 D does, ... sooooo, I will wrestle it away from him and give this set up a try. Thanks for the great tip!

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See page 115 of your Kx manual for AF modes and Page 123 to access Catch In Focus.

Just to clarify. Catch in Focus only works in AF-S (it may work in AF-A as well, I don't know) and I believe only works with the Center AF point. Basically what you want to do when you have it all set up is get your focus Close to what you want. Compose your shot as best as you can and press and hold the shutter release. The idea is when the AF sensor sees Something in focus, hopefully your subject, it will take the picture. This is most effective in my experience if the plant is blowing towards or away from you somewhat. If it's blowing side to side, it may get a little trickier. Here are some I've done that way.







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