Thanks Randy, First, it was a gorgeous day, I have a huge reflector, my house siding, which is white and I used a tripod. It kinda just fell together. I also turned the pic around 90 degree’s. You may notice the catch light in the eye makes it look like I used artificial lighting. The catch light is actually the sky.
Great colors, excellent sharpness, nice composition - glad you shared the food! (And the picture!)
Hmm... f/29? It sure sucks to have such a diffraction-limited image, doesn't it? (Just kidding - it's great, as above. I'm making fun of those folks who won't stop down past f/11 because of diffraction.)
_____ Brian... a bicoastal Nikonian and Team Member
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Brian wrote: "Hmm... f/29? It sure sucks to have such a diffraction-limited image, doesn't it? (Just kidding - it's great, as above. I'm making fun of those folks who won't stop down past f/11 because of diffraction.)"
Right on Brian! IMHO, based on thousands of macro shots over many years with my Micro-Nikkors or my Tokina macro lenses, diffraction-limited or damaged images at f/stops between, say f/11 and f/45 are mostly a non-event. Now--that is NOT to say that diffraction at small f/stops doesn't occur, because I have personally seen Airy disks in a few of my macro images on certain parts of an insect that can, and do, damage the image to some degree. However, it is such a rare event that I no longer concern myself about it, and love the normally great DOF at say f/22-f/32 when shooting macro.
I also love the stacked images of a program like Helicon Focus, but I have found that not all images lend themselves to stacking, especially if a critter is moving about rapidly, so I usually just go with small f/stops for optimal DOF. Works for me... Cheers, Dick