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#1 Dennis

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Posted 19 March 2018 - 11:49 AM

I think I need to fine tune it, what do you think?

 

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Posted 19 March 2018 - 12:14 PM

Hi Dennis,

 

I agree that it looks a bit soft, but might be too soon for panic stations.  What aperture were you using?  Because I've been photographing birds, I've been using shutter-priority (to get something like 1/1250 sec.) and auto-ISO.  The result is high ISO and an aperture of 5.6, with some softness like you have.  I still get my share of crisp shots, leading me to suspect it's just DOF.  I could tweak the shutter speed, but not sure that it is worth the trade-off.  :)


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Posted 19 March 2018 - 03:43 PM

Dennis, this is a tough shot, lots of places to confuse the AF.

 

Focus on the EYE of the bird and try it on a less busy foreground/background.

 

I agree with Mark, to early to panic.


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Posted 19 March 2018 - 06:21 PM

How can that little wing be sharp and not the head??? That can't be more than a centimeter. I have found that bird feathers are in focus sometimes and you still cannot tell that they are. 

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Posted 19 March 2018 - 07:48 PM

How can that little wing be sharp and not the head??? That can't be more than a centimeter. I have found that bird feathers are in focus sometimes and you still cannot tell that they are. 

Eye, eye...

 

Easy, it is just outside the sweet spot.

 

This is a tough capture.  Branches point out and fool the AF system. It probably locked on something closer to the camera than the bird itself and the head is "inside" the wing.  I would experiment on some other subjects with more predictable dimensions.


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Posted 20 March 2018 - 11:29 AM

Focus on the EYE of the bird and try it on a less busy foreground/background.

 

Yup.  This is what I try to do.  Gets interesting when they're swimming around.  :lol:


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