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Old March 7th, 2009, 01:59 PM
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Early Spring Blossom

I'm posting this because it's an example of a shot I took this morning (I took many) and what I focused is not what I got. This has been a major problem of mine. I look through the viewer and adjust the focus to what I see as clear and detailed. I use a tripod always. This is driving me nuts. So, I'm sharing and venting too.
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Old March 7th, 2009, 02:50 PM
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Re: Early Spring Blossom

A couple of questions:

Did you use a remote shutter release?

Do you wear glasses?

Could you post the EXIF from the image?

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Old March 7th, 2009, 03:05 PM
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Re: Early Spring Blossom

Yeah - what Andy said. Manual focusing I presume? What shutter speed and lens were you using? Was it windy when you shot this? I am not at my regular computer so I can't check your EXIF from here.

Also - you are shooting AdobeRGB colorspace, Are you converting to SRB before uploading to the forums? The colors are a bit muted which can happend when a web browser "sees" AdobeRGB-based images.
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Old March 7th, 2009, 03:15 PM
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Re: Early Spring Blossom

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I am not at my regular computer so I can't check your EXIF from here.
EXIF isn't there - already checked for it.

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Old March 7th, 2009, 06:25 PM
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Re: Early Spring Blossom

I usually use a remote, but forgot today. The settings were f/20 1.0 ISO 100... terrible, I know. I learned something at the camera shop today.

No, it wasn't windy at all, but without the remote I still get a bit of shake even on the tripod. Yes, I wear glasses. UGH!

And, I'll change the upload format. I thought I did, but maybe only half way.

I have another shot... still not perfect and I think I over photoshopped it.. but taken this afternoon with my new lens f 9.0 1/500 ISO 400

I am STILL soo just learning.
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Old March 7th, 2009, 07:57 PM
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Re: Early Spring Blossom

Kathy, there's never any need to shoot at f/20, especially on a dull, overcast day. the "sweet spot" for most digital camera lenses is between f/8 and f/16 or so. if the blossom was shot with your 18-55, try it at f/8, with a faster shutter to minimize any movement of the subject. a 1-second exposure is very long for that kind of shot, and if the branch moves at all, it'll blur.

did you buy the Sigma?

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Old March 7th, 2009, 09:02 PM
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Re: Early Spring Blossom

Hi, Rocky. Oh, my.... they didn't have any Sigmas in stock. After much fun I walked out of the store with a Tamron SP AF200-500 F/5-6.3

See, I said I was a 'Consumer' to beat all. Yeah, it's a bit heavy.... but, it's also wonderful. I've got to take some photography classes though. The sales person was great in showing me many things and taking me outside to experience what he was showing. But, when I got home and actually went up to the Canyon to take some shots, I found things with the lens that I didn't know why it was happening... such as when locked onto a shot and everything looks great, but it won't shoot. Or when trying to get the focus with auto focus... it won't lock onto a focus. And, I'm not really sure if AV is how I want to ultimately shoot. I like manual, but I guess it's 'easier' to shoot AV? So, lots to learn. Oh, I did also get a polarizer for the lens so I can take good cloud shots.

I'm taking my camera down to my grandsons' ice hockey game tomorrow morning and set it up...with tripod... and see what shots I can get with the new lens.

No matter what: IT'S FUN!! I make lots of mistakes and have lots to learn, but I LOVE it!

Thank you, always, for your comments. For now this is my learning bank!

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Old March 7th, 2009, 09:07 PM
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Re: Early Spring Blossom

Whereabout SF is SFNative? We head to SF every year for either thanksgiving or christmas.
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Old March 7th, 2009, 09:27 PM
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Re: Early Spring Blossom

I'm 30 miles south of San Francisco. Born in SF, raised in and still live in Redwood City. Did have a couple years in Nevada, but came back to roots, always. Where are you?
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Old March 7th, 2009, 09:28 PM
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Re: Early Spring Blossom

Kathy, a 200-500 would be a great lens for wildlife, but definitely not a "cloud" lens, at least not in my opinion... you've got way too much telephoto to capture a dramatic sky.

i shoot almost exclusively in Av mode. it works fine for most of what i need to do, and i reserve manual mode for those occasions when i need it. i seldom use Tv mode... rarely have any need for it. i do use manual from time to time, especially when i want to bracket exposures and move the "nominal" exposure up or down.

there could be several reasons why the AF won't lock on, but the most common is that you're attempting to focus on a subject that doesn't have enough contrast. also, there's sometimes a little switch on the lens for AF/MF that gets bumped out of position; i've had that happen on my Tammy 24-135 on occasion, and the lens won't focus. check that switch, if your 200-500 has one. the other possibility, is that most Canon cameras won't AF if the maximum aperture is smaller than f/5.6. since your 200-500 at full zoom is f/6.3, it may be a manual-focus only at full zoom on your camera. if you can't get it to focus, try backing off on the zoom and see if the AF works; if it does, the problem is not you, it's the limitation of your camera.

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