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Unfurling Fern

After 127 shots of this fern frond, I finally captured what I was looking for.


I was working with a breaze which made it exceptionally difficult getting a clear macro shot of this small fern. The reason is that I was working within a very close range with a 60mm macro lens. This means that the depth of field is so exceptionally short that you have to hop the ƒ stops up just to get the bend of the tiny leaves all in focus. In turn, this means that you have to make up for it in either shutter speed and/or ISO. Since I don't want to have anything higher than 400 as my ISO, I kept taking shots at exposure rates that would make even the tiniest of gusts of wind blur the furn. Thus, I took 127 shots hoping that at one of those instants the wind didn't gust the fern.

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Taken on May 21, 2011