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In the garden: Flowers after the rain

We're now in that season when rain means warmth, not coolth. So, it was warm today and the cloudy sky made for nicely saturated colors:

A tapestry (bangs head on desk seeking greater depth of field, but perhaps the iPad's lense, no matter how augmented, cannot deliver this?)

Jewel-like Bachelor's Buttons; and the iPad, for whatever reason, will show a crisper image on the screen than in the image produced; could be camera shake, so I should think of a tripod.

More Bachelor's Buttons. This is not a very good photograph, but it reminds me of a late DeKooning: Great random handing swaths of stuff, but still brilliant color.

Another photograph that should be better than it is. I cannot get detail in yellow petals, and the point of the photo is forsythia blooming in October!

Indian Blanket. The dead looks, though, a bit like the ebola virus, doesn't it?

Poppies, oldest cliche in the book. But still glorious!


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Submitted by lambert on

It's not like a real lens with f-stops, and the kit of lenses I got improves it, but they too don't allow me that control.

I want deep, deep, deep depth of field.... Like f64, nutty as that sounds! Because that's how I see the world.

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Submitted by V. Arnold on

Well, in a word; you're screwed.
There are some pretty decent point and shoots out there for about what you paid for your lens set.
One more question: Does the i-pad allow you to take multiple exposures prior to clicking the picture? Oh, and how many megapixels are the pictures?

Submitted by lambert on

1) Better lenses. There is a tele lens that seems to allow manual focus, but I'd need a tripod. But all this stuff, by pro standards, is absurdly cheap.

2) Better software. There is improved camera software out there, and the newest iPad will allow focus and exposure to be separated -- no they were not! -- for the first time. So that will help.

Pictures are around 2000x3000 pixels, I think. HD, if that means anything.

I like the iPad's form factor. With my eyes, the nine-inch screen is really excellent. And then I can take the photo right into editing software, or annotation software, and then mail it or post it immediately. It's extremely convenient. Some people think iPad's are dweeby, but they're just envious.

Submitted by lambert on

... have the massive iPad screen. I really like having it to compose with, my eyes being what they are.

Submitted by Dromaius on

Pardon me. I lied. Ipad is stuck at f/2.4. The lenses you've bought are restricted by the fact that the Ipad lens doesn't go beyond f/2.4. You will never get a deeper DOF than that...although V. Arnold made an excellent point about moving back from your subject and then cropping.

I will defer then back to the other point...Get a point and shoot with manual settings. Tablets with their tiny sensors and lousy fixed aperture lenses do not replace cameras for anything that requires control.....unless you hugely modify your environment to work around their shortcomings.

Submitted by lambert on

The problem is that with a point and shoot I literally can't see what I'm doing; I have a bad eye and no depth perspective. So the iPad's big screen is really not a luxury for me. (And I don't regret buying the lenses for a second; they still give better images, even if they are not the sort of images I'd hoped for!)

I've been poking around view cameras proper, but they are quite pricey and with a digital back even more so.

My goal is to photograph systems. Perhaps I need to think in terms of a tripod, video, and shifting the focal plane in the course of the video. Sigh.

Or else I need a hardware hacker!

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Submitted by V. Arnold on

...put as much distance as possible between you and subject. For verticle-down mode, get up a step ladder and don't use zoom. Take the picture and then crop out the stuff not part of composition. The farther the subject the more content will be in focus.
At 6 megapixels your cropped picture will still be plenty big.
Just a thought...

Submitted by Dromaius on

Focus stacking involves taking multiple pictures with different distances in focus and then using software that detects in-focus areas to stack them. It appears that focus stacking software exists for the Ipad. You might want to look into that to get your DOF deeper. You would need a tripod to make it work.