first try at macro

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    Yesterday I got my raynox dcr-250. I bought the wife some flowers today just so I could take some pictures of them. The first one looks like it could be a little overexposed. The second one looks a bit soft but I'm not sure if its my eyes or not. CC please.
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    I actually really like the first one. I find that it being a little overexposed, makes the water droplets stand out :)
    The second one is nice too, but I like the first better.
     
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    roses make great subjects for macro photography, and a bit of over or under exposure usually doesn't detract, and they lend themselves to both hard and soft focus...
    nice pics aj
     
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    Thanks. I really like the bug shots that are on this forum which is why I bought the raynox to begin with. I would of never thought that the dof was that thin. I have a new appreciation for how hard these shots must be to get. I cant wait untill spring gets here so I can play more outside.
     
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    I guess I'm in the minority. I like the second shot better. I agree that the first is a little too overexposed for my taste, but again that is my opinion. The second could maybe use just a little more contrast but that is really the only critique I can find. Very, very, good shots for a first attempt. I must warn you, Macro is very addictive. Before long you will have to join several of us in Macro Anonymous.
     
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    i like the second picture
     
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    I had both printed in 8x10 since my wife couldnt decide which one she liked most. Origanally I liked the one with water drops but after print the second one is my favorite. I have to say that I will be addicted to macro. Its amazing the amount of detial that the human eye doesnt see. Im looking forward to this spring and summer.
     
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    It can also get rather expensive.
     
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    Haha I bet. I really wanted to get a macro lens but figured Id just get the raynox to see how I like it. Im all ready looking to get a lens now. There any books on macro worth getting?
     
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    I'm sure there are some good ones but I subscribe to the 3P's. Practice, practice, practice.
    You need a steady hand or tripod, good light, and try to stop the lens down as much as possible to increase DOF. A good lens is important also but not as much as these other thoughts. Those rules are simplistic, but if you master them, you'll get good images.
     

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