Pizza garden – week 10

The pepper decided not to bloom just yet. So I focused, literally, on small tomato plants again. This time I took it seriously. Set up the tripod, and used self-timer mode. It allowed me to decrease ISO. Evening light on the East deck is far less then it seems. I also experimented with stepping down aperture, to achieve sufficient, but not excessive depth of field.
I start to understand that macro photography is not about the lens. I already learned that wide open aperture is too shallow to get the whole flower in focus in extreme close up. That manual focus is more precise then autofocus, when I know exactly what else I want sharp other then main subject. Another, todays lesson is to pay attention to background behind the subject. How the stem goes. What are colors of the background. And place the plant differently or change camera angle to achieve better image.