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Hibiscus with "soft" focus on stigma
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Jun 21, 2021 23:45:33   #
JimH123 Loc: Morgan Hill, CA
frankNichols wrote:
Thank you, yes, the shutter speed was way too low. I was hoping the VR would save the image - LOL. Just goes to show, never rely on VR. :)

A Hibiscus flower is very, very flimsy and the slightest wind will have it doing a lot of movement. I have found that I have to use faster shutter speeds for this flower.

Jul 5, 2021 00:00:47   #
boberic Loc: Quiet Corner, Connecticut. Ex long Islander
frankNichols wrote:
This was taken on a walk-about in a neighborhood. The Hibiscus was in a person's yard, and it is "rude" to go onto people's property to take photographs (The Villages where I live is a retirement community of about 175,000 grump old people :) ).

So, I was using my Nikkor 200-500, which allows me to walk down the street and take shots that are 20 to 30 feet away. I honestly don't recall how far away I was with this shot, I will start recording that so I know next time. I do know the shot was not cropped very much, so I had to be about as close as that lens will focus.
This was taken on a walk-about in a neighborhood. ... (show quote)

You have a bunch of things working against you here. Hand holding? It's heavy rig to hand hold-use a tripod.Even a very slight breeze can cause focus problems. Faster shutter speed may help. Increase ISO to enable faster speed and tighter aperture With regard to DOF. At very close range and a t 6.3 the depth of field is measured in millimeters. One more thing about us folke who use to be lots younger. Our grip aint what it once was, which makes camera shake especially with heavy gear even worse/ I must use some kind of support. usually a monopod with my 7d and the 100-400 L. Hope all this helps

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