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Bee, macro

I'm still playing around with my new macro lens (Nikon DX 85mm). Here's an image I captured at the Huntington Gardens this past weekend. 

It's almost really good. The mix of colors is great. Only one problem and you've probably spotted it: looks like there was something in front of the flower in the foreground. With the thin depth of field of macro lenses, it's hard to tell. 

I don't think it ruins the photo although it prevents the photo from ever being great or publishable. 

Still, two photo lessons to take to hear: 

1. Always, always, always give a good eyeball to everything in the frame. That's how you prevent branches and other 'eyecatches' from getting in the way of a good shot. 

2. When working with shallow depth-of-field, really try different angles to get the best looking background as possible. It's obviously going to be blurry, but it can still be effective whether it's dark or a splash of different colors, as above. 

The photo was taken with my Nikon D5100. It was shot in RAW and processed in Lightroom 4.

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This photo is ©Steve Hymon and may not be used elsewhere without my advanced written permission. 

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