What really scared me when I took that photo, was the long exposure time.
I mean, I was shooting a bright object in direct sunlight (albeit late afternoon)! And an aperture of f11 is pretty wide open for a macro shot (remember: depth of field is very much limited with this kind of magnification) plus I already had ISO 200. But still only 1/20sec shutter speed
Even if you have the most stable tripod, you risk that the wind moves your object and blurs the picture.
The following pic was shot under even more challenging conditions:
Again: bright object, full sun, ISO 200, f11. Fortunately the sun this time was really bright and allowed for 1/180sec. But I really could need it, because I had no tripod this time and the wind was quite strong, shaking the leaves.
This is one reason, why I have a remote flash and also value the fine grain of High-ISO pictures with my D80 for good macro photos!
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