Sweet Gum Burrs in Early Morning Light

Low sun on the moss, and these Sweet Gum seed pods. The flip out, rotating LCD on the Canon SX20 works just as well as the flip up display on the Sony H50 for these low angle shots. An articulated display was one of my major requirements in a new camera, and kept me from purchasing cameras that I might otherwise have considered (like the new 30x zoom models coming out in the next month or so). I am addicted to the low view…or at least the possibility of capturing it when I see the potential. As here.

Canon SX20IS at 28mm equivalent. F2.8 @ 1/320th @ ISO 160. Programmed auto.

Blackpoint slightly right, added Clarity and Vibrance (much less Vibrance than I was in the habit of adding with H50 shots…added Vibrance turns the Canon images yellow very fast). Sharpen landscape preset. Cropped at the bottom to eliminate out of focus foreground.

From First Canon VA.

5 Responses to “2/20/2010”

  1. 1 joe giambelluca
    02/20/2010 at 11:16 am

    Did you deliberately blur the background? The bottom front is very clear to even the small pins sticking out of the green plant. jbuca

  2. 02/20/2010 at 1:53 pm

    Sweet Gum trees make the coolest seed pods. I wish my DSLRs had flip out displays. I loved that on the G3.

  3. 3 singraham
    02/20/2010 at 3:21 pm

    Like I said, the lack of flip out display on a DSLR is one of the main reasons I stick with the superzooms. Can’t live without it. 🙂

  4. 4 singraham
    02/20/2010 at 3:22 pm

    Extreme macro, plus limited f-stop, makes for a very shallow depth of field. Generally that’s okay in these low angle macro shots where you want the subject against the background but don’t want the background to distract.

  5. 02/20/2010 at 5:14 pm

    Very nice. You really zeroed in on your subject.

    The EVF on the GX200 would allow you to take a similar shot.

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