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    Does anybody have special photographic tricks they use to take pictures of flowers in this genus? I have taken over 50 photos of my U. sandersonii and this is the best I have gotten.

    [img]http://home.**********.com/snowyfalcon/U_SandersoniiFlowerFrontOriginal.jpg[/img]

    Now, this picture is not terrible, but I would like it to have a little better focus on the 'ears'. Does anybody have tips? I can get Drosera flowers fairly easily, but the Utrics seem to dislike being photgraphed!

    I'm starting to wonder if the shape has something to do with the camera's inablility to take a focused shot of it. Maybe like the bombers that are almost invisible to radar? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]

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    SF, with macro photography you need to have good depth of field if you want to get good focus on all flower parts.

    To achieve this you need to use a tripod, and shutter priority mode with low shutter speeds and good light. This way you can use high aperture numbers that let you get higher depth of fields.

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    It seems to help my camera focus if there's only one subject and a plain background. I aimed my camera just at the base of the ears.
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    Thanks to both of you. I will try again with new techniques.

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    A solid background will do wonders. A steady hand helps too (or a tripod.) I would say you have the basic technique down well and it will just take a little practice. Now if anyone can tell me tips on photoing something really tiny like the blooms on my U. welwitschii I would be all ears
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    I'm going to try and get a piece of black velvet, as I've heard that is the best background for photos.

    Pyro, I suggest taking 50 gazillion pictures and hoping one turns out good! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img] On a more serious note, take a milk jug lid and place it next to the specimen. The camera will focus on it, and surprise, the flower too.

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    SF, what's the mininum focusing distance(in macro mode) on your camera? If this number is too high, it won't matter what settings you have, you'll never be able to take a clear photo of something that small.
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    I'm not quite sure how to figure that out, but I can tell you that it can easily get objects smaller than the flower into focus.

    Look here: http://home.**********.com/snowyfalc...desGemmae2.jpg

    That gemmae was just germinating, so it was pretty small. How would you go about finding the minimum focusing distance? I know I can almost touch the subject with the camera lense when I'm taking macros.

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