We went to a local forest park today to take some shots and have a day out with family, my goal was to get some cool fern shots. All shots taken with the Canon 50mm f/1.8, mostly at around f/1.8 to keep shutter speed up and isolate the subject, hand held, low light and full on sun, last 4 shots taken under forest canopy, I kinda forgot I had my polarising filter on which I think is the real issue here, getting as close as I could to the subject in most cases. Here are the "best" of a bad bunch. My issues with the shots are DoF way to shallow in most, should have known better and the 50mm is usually tack sharp but I think the combination of the polarising filter, dim light and large aperture munted them. My bad. This one taken in strong full sunlight, cropped but otherwise untouched. Full sun, but shaded fully by my own shadow, heavily cropped but otherwise untouched, some of the outer edges of the petals are slipping out of focus, damn, very cool flower though. Pretty much shooting into full sun here, mid afternoon, cropped and untouched. Under forest canopy, DoF a touch to shallow. Same as above. I like both of the following 2 shots but there are things niggling me about them, a bit of CA going on as well. Sometimes I do feel as though I am being too hard on myself, maybe my own expectations are too high for my skill level and that gets fustrating when you can see the shot in your head but cant quite capture it, but then again I could be wrong (just dont ever tell my wife I said that ). Only 3 months of owning a DSLR, this I need to remind myself perhaps. Anyway, thanks for looking and feel free add some c&c. Cheers.