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Jan 17

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Snapshots: Patterns

In between stacking the polariser and ND8, I took the shots below using the polariser. The polariser is supposed to make leaves look more green by cutting out the reflections (particularly on glossy leaves). It's always interesting how we don't notice patterns in everyday objects. Patterns in plants are always amazing to study... symmetry and fractals seem to occur as if by design.

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  1. Juin

    AWESOME! Macro is definitely your forte. Are they all just with polariser or….?

    The 4th pic looks like one of those used in eye test to determine colour blindness…. I think I see a number ’12’ ???? hahaa 😀

    1. blog.stillworx.com

      Thanks for the compliment. I’ve a few more macros to post… but of man-made stuff instead.

      Yes, all the pics were taken with the polariser.

  2. Syahir Hakim

    I always find that the main challenge in taking plants snapshots is getting the composition just right so that the frame doesn’t look cluttered, which is not easy to achieve. Well, at least for me 😀

    Any tips to share, David?

    1. blog.stillworx.com

      Hi Syahir.. off the top of my head, here are a few tips for you..

      Get closer: If your lens allows, try to get as close as possible to focus on the subject.
      Move: The closer you are to your subject, the more a tiny change in position will affect the image. So, you may not need to move as much as you thought in order to get a cleaner image. Don’t just limit your movements to those parallel to the plane of the subject, but change your angle of view as well.
      Alter the scene: Depending on your motto in photography, you can always move things about. If it’s an image of a fallen leaf, you can move it to a wooden table top to give the image some contrast and a subject to focus on. If it’s something living, I try not to pluck any leaves or flowers unless I really have an idea of what I want.
      Use a larger aperture (ie: f/2.8): Larger apertures give you shallower depth of field thus blurring out objects in the background and / or foreground. This is why fast lenses (f/2.8 and larger) are popular with photographers who want artistic control.

      Hope these are useful! If you have taken some pics, do share!

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