Learning Photography

Nikon D750   f/5.6   2.5s   40mm   ISO 100


Nikon D750   f/8   2.5s   40mm   ISO 100
Nikon D750   f/11   1.30s   40mm   ISO 100
Nikon D750   f/6.3   1.30s   40mm   ISO 100

After pondering the feedback about the image I submitted for RAJ’s closeup/macro lesson, I realized my understanding of shutter speed was a bit fuzzy and in need of  study.  So with a bean bag for camera support and the Nikon set on auto-focus (I did not want to be impeded by my lack of experience with manual focus), I experimented with 40 various macro images of  peppercorn and Himalayan salt.  Of the four posted above, my preference is f/11 at 1.30 seconds.

The image I submitted for RAJ’s “frame your subject” lesson was revisited to darken the lit rectangle on the left as it was noted to be a distraction.



RAJ’s notation about the sunflower image in portrait mode brought to mind a photo article about how, as a camera moves closer, an peanut in a match box transforms from an image of a peanut to one of a piece of sculpture.  In the sunflower image (right) I cropped the image in portrait and followed up with a bit of clean up along the bottom with Photoshop’s content-fill.

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  1. Such subtle differences in these photos, Brenda. I could not select a favorite–I liked them all. Thank you so much for you comment about your lack of experience with manual focus. I try…but with no luck. I so prefer auto. Raj’s suggestions were good; I especially like the sunflowers. They do pop!

    1. I agree about the subtle differences and auto focus. Raj’s suggestions do invite us to move an inch or two out of our comfort zone. Am looking forward to his next challenge. ☺️

    1. I just “assumed” that macros would be best in f/5 and lower…the f/11 taught me, once again, about “assumptions.” 🙂

    1. Thank you. It is Raji’s lessons and feedback that are nudging me to explore. Thank goodness for digital cameras in that multiple images don’t incur the cost like film.

  2. I just realized that I copied your idea of using the H salt for the macro photo lesson without mentioning your idea … I just didn’t remember when I did it.
    I apologize.

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