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Taken with FUJIFILM X-Pro2

  • 60 mm
  • 1/680
  • f f/3.6
  • ISO 200
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Jeffrey, this and the following (ranunculus) images are nice, but I particularly like this because of the contrast between the bright yellow of the flowers and the darker and subdued background. I also like the diagonal composition of the flowers and buds. These would stand out even more if the background was a little more blurred. I guess you made a compromise by using f/3.6 to have enough DOF on the flowers while trying to keep the background soft. Maybe another time you can try to use photo stacking at the largest aperture to maintain the subject sharp from front to back while maximizing the softness of the background.

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Thanks, Marco.  I look for that 'compromise' of DOF and background with one aperture setting.  I'm happy with these results.  I am not in the church of always wide open and the blurriest background your can get. Sometimes I can't achieve  what I want.  I consider focus stacking then, tho I have little experience with it.

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Thank you for the clarification. I myself am not a fanatic of focus stacking. Sometimes adjusting the aperture and the relative distances between the camera, the main subject, and the background is all what it takes to obtain the separation I envision between the framed elements. But sometimes it is not, and then focus stacking can help, to some extent (it alone, like any other post-processing technique, can not do miracles and certainly can not turn a so-so picture into a good one).

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