E.J.Wilkins

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Osteospermum


I am ...

... still playing around with a new lens.Taken with the Olympus 35mm macro lens.

Another osteospermum, and a tiny little insect that I didn't see until I opened the picture. I'm also rather fascinated by the pollen stains on the petals.
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I left some green showing between the petals at the top, but it could have been cropped out. I now think it would have been a better picture.

What would you have done?
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Osteospermum


I am ...

... still playing around with a new lens.Taken with the Olympus 35mm macro lens.

Another osteospermum, and a tiny little insect that I didn't see until I opened the picture. I'm also rather fascinated by the pollen stains on the petals.
.....

I left some green showing between the petals at the top, but it could have been cropped out. I now think it would have been a better picture.

What would you have done?
.

comments (24)

Ellie!!! Amazing! I've hear the E-30 is great and you're going to make that camera sing! What a fantastic photograph! My girlfriend is thinking of getting an Olympus for macro and i'd not seen any shots from the 35mm, this is just amazing! Thanks so much for a great post smile
EJWilkins: It's taking a lot of getting used to, there's a lot to learn. I'm grateful for your optimism! wink
There have been a few earlier shots taken with it, and I've queued up just one more picture using this lens, then it's back to some other stuff taken earlier in the year.
It's an astonishing piece of kit, certainly worth having, especially if funds won't stretch to the 50mm. Problem for some people is that you need to get close to the subject, but at the moment I actually prefer that - because I can see things better close in!
It can be very shallow, when wide open, which gives quite interesting results.
"I've heard" i mean!
EJWilkins: ... grin
  • Chris
  • England
  • 26 Oct 2009, 00:50
A heck of an image Ellie: I would have cropped it slightly tighter in answer to your question
EJWilkins: It's astonishing what a really good lens can do
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 26 Oct 2009, 00:53
I would like to think I would have used your eye, Ellie, and presented it exactly like this!
EJWilkins: I think your picture would have been a zillion time better!
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 26 Oct 2009, 07:23
Fine as it is Ellie
EJWilkins: Thanks smile
Great perspective on this flower Ellie.
EJWilkins: It looks huge, don't you think?
Wonderful photo Ellie. I think I would have left it like this too.
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 26 Oct 2009, 09:46
I like this one
You are doing lovely shots with your new lens Ellie
I love it as is Ellie!
As it is Ellie..A lovely shot.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 26 Oct 2009, 12:12
I like this a lot. About your question - I believe it is a personal thing. You had the picture and could experiment with crops - for me the best way to see what the alternatives look like.
What I would have done? Probably left it as is.
Looks fine to me. You must be enjoying experimenting with your new macro lens. One is next on my list as well.
I would have left it jst as it is Ellie, what a great composition.
I would try a really tight crop and concentrate on the middle bit with the petals as a background.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 26 Oct 2009, 19:49
I think I would have cropped the green on the top to make it a bit tighter. Other than that it's a real good macro. I have also been unaware about insects until I open the image on my computer smile
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 26 Oct 2009, 20:02
It is quite pretty. Lovely color.
Very beautiful!
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 27 Oct 2009, 11:22
Love this Ellie, I really miss my macro lens. (doesn't fit the 5d)
  • Alan Rolfe
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Oct 2009, 12:30
I assume that the pollen stains come from visiting insects, Ellie. I'm not surprised you did not see the insect; it's tiny! I can't really tell you how I would have handled this image; most of my flower shots are disasters!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 27 Oct 2009, 14:28
Yes, it is like a look through a magnifier or a microscop- very fascinating!- particularly for persons being interested in life science (see Ray), but sometimes, sorry, they look a bit cool- alienating while dissecting all details. (I personally am content with my simple camera able to take also atmospheric close-ups so that I can admire every raindroplet.)
I would have left it as it is Ellie, the green adds to the image in my opinion. Looks like you are getting to grips with the lens quite nicely.
Thats a very pretty picture. Did you take it yourself? Please email me.
Yes it does look huge.

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