Wednesday, April 28, 2010

365/118 Macro/4

Everyone knows how hard it is to focus in the world of the small, especially when you're doing a head-on shot at a large aperture, but here's where LiveView is really handy. I set it to 7x zoom, which seems to give the best compromise between really close zoom and still having a clue what you're looking at.

I took this shot at pretty much the closest distance the lens would still focus, and I walked into the world of non-existant Depth Of Field. In LiveView at 5x or closer, you can see the DOF, and breathing wrong would knock the picture out of focus. At viewable image sizes, it probably wouldn't matter much, because Unsharp Mask would make short work of any tiny little bit of unsharpness this would cause. I wanted this photo cropped at 50% however (I wanted to get a little closer, I need an extension tube, badly), so tight focus is top priority.

Focus looks to be bang on. I made sure to mount my camera on a tripod and turned on mirror lock and the self timer.

Lens and camera settings:
50mm f/2.0 @ f/2.0, 1/200sec and ISO 100.


  1. It's amazing, Chris! I love the color and the composition...and of course I'm jealous pf the focus;)

  2. Don't be jealous, get better glass :-) When you can, of course! You'll be amazed how much easier it is to take that shot to the next level!