More Trees


thingsthatihaveseen

Link Posted 10/01/2016 - 15:16
Hi all... some more trees from the back end of the year... all in and around the southern end of the Yorkshire Dales... K3 II and DA 17-70/55-300...

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All thoughts, observations, c&c etc very welcome...

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alfpics

Link Posted 10/01/2016 - 16:37
Another great set! Nos 2 & 5 for me AND no 7 - love the patterns - needles and slightly peaty water
Andy

McGregNi

Link Posted 10/01/2016 - 16:39
Numbers 5 and 8 stand out for me .
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cardiffgareth

Link Posted 10/01/2016 - 19:20
I like no.3, they remind me of veins
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autumnlight

Link Posted 11/01/2016 - 22:28
Another lovely set of branches that meander and trees that support them, of course my winner would be No. 5 gorgeous golden light on the foreground trees that lead to the beautiful beckoning river below.
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davidstorm

Link Posted 11/01/2016 - 23:28
Great set again. 8 is a belter, it's difficult to pick a favourite from the others, but I rather like number 3.

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richandfleur

Link Posted 11/01/2016 - 23:53
Pine needles in the stream. Easy win
Very cool!

McGregNi

Link Posted 12/01/2016 - 07:36
I did look longer at that one, and its almost like an aerial view over some dense forested wilderness . But I felt its was weakened by the loss of focus in the top right corner, and a little at bottom left ..... could be distortion or slight camera twist when clicking? In any case perhaps a smaller aperture would have helped ?
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thingsthatihaveseen

Link Posted 12/01/2016 - 09:55
Thanks all for thoughts and comments on these thus far... very useful... Nigel, excellent point re loss of focus top right/bottom left corner (I hadn't noticed it bottom left, but you're dead right)... I included the photo despite it tbh as I liked the composition and the shot (tried cropping it out but doesn't suit the composition)... would be interested in your technical thoughts on this... seems only to happen with my da 55-300, and seems only to happen wide open... this was handheld, but I've noticed a similar loss of focus towards the left side of frame (landscape orientation) when shooting wide open on a tripod too, both long distance and close up, so pretty sure it's not camera shake... is this fairly standard for this lens wide open (i was shooting approx 3ft from the subject, in wind/rain, straight down - would have stopped down, but was already at iso 400 which tends to be my limit for landscapes, and 1/350 sec, which is as low as I would generally go handheld with this lens, even at the short end, in strong wind etc...), is it just my copy, or is it decentered maybe? Fixable, or just work round it and stop down? All thoughts gratefully received...

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Link Posted 12/01/2016 - 10:12
Re the DA 55-300, I haven't checked it wide open, but mine seems to suffer distortion/ being oof on the rhs IIRC in landscape orientation when much above 200mm

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McGregNi

Link Posted 12/01/2016 - 10:39
The only lens I've noticed this sometimes is with the Samyang 14mm, obviously a very different beast .... but I did pin the issue down to camera technique, in that there was slight movement caused by pressure at the point I was pressing the shutter button (it was only seen on handheld shots). You said you had noticed this also on a tripod though ... assuming you used a remote or cable release? . If you were pressing the button directly there is still potential for some tiny movement perhaps.

Otherwise its likely to be an optical effect, and should be improved by stopping down more. I'd think you could safely have increased the ISO to 1600 for that shot, which would have offered up another couple of stops.
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Last Edited by McGregNi on 12/01/2016 - 10:40

davidtrout

Link Posted 12/01/2016 - 10:50
Lovely set Bill, like many of your excellent landscape series the strength of the submission lies in viewing them as a set, rather like a panel of prints on an exhibition wall. They 'take' you to the location so you feel the scene.
Having said that #3, for me, is the strongest image. The darkly sharp branches add structure and strength to the composition.
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thingsthatihaveseen

Link Posted 15/01/2016 - 19:08
Thanks David, Andy and Nigel for continued thoughts on these... very useful and much appreciated... Nigel, I do pretty much always try and avoid iso 1600 (and 800 too) for landscapes if I possibly can due to noise, but I reckon you're right with this one... it's just about busy enough to have got away with it... use a remote release always with a tripod so my guess would be it's an optical thing with the lens, but as you say will def keep eyes peeled for Shaking Stevens should he make an unscheduled appearance when handheld in future...

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Bill

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