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Digital SLR Photography - - Photo Skills - by Nicole Barge

Canon EOS 7D with Canon EF 300mm f/ 4L IS lens. Ex­po­sure: 1/ 500sec at f/ 4 ( ISO 160).

What we think: Long- lens close- ups are a great tech­nique to try out dur­ing spring and sum­mer. You don't need a spe­cial­ist macro lens, just a tele­photo prime or zoom with a rea­son­ably wide max­i­mum aper­ture – f/ 4 or faster is ideal. By get­ting down low, care­fully fo­cus­ing on a sin­gle, pris­tine bloom and shoot­ing wide open, Nicole has ren­dered the fore­ground and back­drop a lovely field of pas­tel bokeh. The fore­ground bokeh has re­duced con­trast slightly, so we would be tempted to boost this se­lec­tively while pro­cess­ing. Oth­er­wise, a lovely im­age! Why it works Low per­spec­tive Wide aper­ture and long fo­cal length Great choice of spec­i­men

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