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Unfurling – Collabor:8

There are a few classic subjects in New Zealand that are far from original, but I have always wanted to get the right shot of them. The unfurling fern is one of them, and it is surprisingly difficult to photograph. This largely stems from the fact that I don’t own a macro lens and required me to use my 50-250 lens, and shutting down the aperture right down to 13 to get a wide enough depth of field. On top of that, when you shut the aperture down and zoom in, you inevitably slow your shutter speed to compensate, and motion blur slips into the picture.

I easily to took about 40 photos to get the final one which was sharp enough, composed right, and had adequate DOF for my liking.

Shutter: 1/60s, f/13 ISO 400, 250mm

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  1. January 4, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    This is simply gorgeous.

  2. Lynn
    January 6, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Great picture, Jared. We have fiddle-heads in Eastern Canada, a type of edible fern. This photo reminds me very much of a violin neck.

  3. Maree
    January 8, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    This is a fantastic shot Jared! I have come across these while tramping but have never been able to capture it on film they way you have. Bless you for your patience!! A miracle of God’s design unfolding.

    Happy New Year to you and Hannah,will keep you in my prayers.

    love and blessings,
    Maree 🙂

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