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Link Posted 01/07/2012 - 12:03
Sycamore seeds a or b



Rock on the beach c or d



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Link Posted 01/07/2012 - 12:09
A and C, both B and D are out of focus, B much more so than D, to my eyes anyway.


Link Posted 01/07/2012 - 12:11
milamber wrote:
A and C, both B and D are out of focus, B much more so than D, to my eyes anyway.

Non of them are out of focus.
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Link Posted 01/07/2012 - 12:20
If they are not OOF then it must be camera shake.
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Link Posted 01/07/2012 - 12:25
Or plant shake! There is nothing sharp in B so it has to be A for the first one. C is the better of the second pair. In both cases I feel a square crop would help the composition, there is too much of nothing in particular around the main subject as is.

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Link Posted 01/07/2012 - 12:28
walkeja wrote:
Non of them are out of focus.

Sorry but to me none of them look sharp.
A seems soft. B seems to be well out of focus, could be camera shake. C is soft and D is softer still. Both C 7 D could be due to camera shake as well.


Link Posted 01/07/2012 - 12:30
A and C
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Link Posted 01/07/2012 - 13:10
I think image A is the better of the two sycamore pictures.
The seaweed rocks,well I guess image C is just a tad sharper than D.... IMHO..
So is this an experiment you are conducting?...jeff... and I think I agree with Kris on the rock crop...


Link Posted 01/07/2012 - 13:16
Definitely A for the sycamore seeds. As for C and D, I can't choose either, as (to my mind anyway) both images are "flat" - by that I mean, maybe if you'd timed it better, you might have captured a wave crashing over the rock, making the shot a bit more dramatic... Or, have I missed the point of what these 2 shots are meant to be about?


Link Posted 01/07/2012 - 13:33
Has to be A & C.


Link Posted 01/07/2012 - 13:38
The sycamore were shot on a very windy day and as for the rock, the waves weren't big enough to break over it. That was the first time I have tried to get a shot of waves breaking over, or round, a rock. C was badly timed.
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Link Posted 01/07/2012 - 13:54
Sycamore Seeds: A.

Because B has such bad camera shake. A isn't entirely sharp, but that could be down to resizing.

Rock on Beach: C.

Both are very soft (camera shake?) and 'flat' - desperately in need of some PP to give the image some contrast (or adjust in camera settings to look more 'film like' if you are phobic about PP, which I seem to remember you are! )

Reason I prefer C is the wave position, just creates more of a composition IMO. The splash created by the wave in D is hardly waht you'd call 'spectacular'!

Does the image look reasonably sharp at 1:1?

I've attempted to rescue, although with such bad camera shake (or missed focus), and such a subject/composition, it's probably not worth the effort. Going back, with a really steady tripod, is probably the best bet.

Last Edited by Pentaxophile on 01/07/2012 - 13:56


Link Posted 01/07/2012 - 14:08
When we have a shot with such a lot of movement in it, it's useful to have something sharp in the frame to give the eye something to compare with. The other thing to watch is distracting highlights behind the main subject.

Lighting is everything in photography and can make or break a shot.
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Link Posted 01/07/2012 - 14:48
B because no other photographer shoots like that!
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Link Posted 01/07/2012 - 15:06
Sycamore - A rather than B. B is a long way from sharp. I think that the feeling here for me is not to take shots of plants in a wind, where movement is bound to be present?

Rcoks. IMHO neither is in focus. This could be either a focus issue or very bad camera shake. B is the least sharp of the two. Perhaps try at least a monopod or even a tripod in this type of situation?


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