Vcize

Vcize

Lives in United States Chattanooga, TN, United States
Joined on Jul 6, 2012

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  • Thanks for the feedback.  The soft skies are worrisome.  I'm unsure if it's a focus issue (I pretty much just shot at infinity since I've noticed that everything beyond a few feet ends up at ...
  • Created discussions My first shot at nightscapes
    I was at Bryce Canyon last month, and even though it was still too early for the Milky Way to be out I wanted to take advantage of the dark skies.  This was my first time shooting out at night ...
  • Well, for all my struggles the image I uploaded to flickr for display here ended up being explored. It's my first one to get into explore on flickr so at least there's that! I'm going to try and ...
  • To answer the question that has been asked several times since I last posted, yes a part of the f22 choice was to get the "starburst" effect. I'm aware that may make me a noob in some people's ...
  • To do a quick summary of where we're at as far as I can tell, since there has been a lot of good knowledge dropped in this thread. 1) Equipment seems to be fine (some disagreement as to whether or ...
  • Not sure I'm following you here.  The lens decision came down to factors other than money.  The Tamron was reviewed as sharper than the Nikon 24-70 and with less chromatic aberration, and it has ...
  • This does look better than my rendition.  What were the changes you made, added sharpness and a change in hue to the color of the rocks (I like your coloring much better)?
  • A couple of points here. Firstly, I did shoot them bracketed. I took a lot of shots here. I shot at the camera's metered setting with a 5 shot bracket (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2). EV 0 left the highlights ...
  • You're right. Perhaps "sharpness" wasn't the right word here, or at least doesn't encompass the entire problem. Maybe "muddy" is a better word. Not just in the first image shot right into the sun, ...
  • Here's the full image at f11, with no cropping, downsizing, or post-processing (other than exporting as a JPG in LR5).
  • As to the question about a bad lens, here is a shot with the sun a little higher in the sky shot at F11.  Contrast and saturation boosted slightly in post.
  • Yes, it is certainly possible that I was shooting too quickly, especially with the un-solid surface in some of the shots.  Everything I've read about Mirror-Up basically just says to use it.  I ...
  • Thanks.  You're right, it may just be something that I need to come to terms with. It does leave me concerned with DoF issues though.  Everything I've read says small aperture for wide DoF.  So if ...
  • This is something I've dealt with as well.  Really, it's matting that creates the problem.  Print companies and frame companies offer the same standard sizes.  If a 12x18 is a standard print size ...
  • Agreed about the lighting. However also notice a few posts down that I posted some additional shots taken with more light available and I would still describe them as muddy and/or unsharp. I shot ...
  • That's true, however the preview it shows here on the forum is also downsized and is much more soft. Additionally, the three processed images I posted a couple of posts up are downsized and they ...
  • Correct, though the answer would seem to be multiple exposures blended or as an HDR. All of the sample images I posted had the same barrier (extreme dynamic range) and managed to produce sharp ...
  • Right, the first was intentionally underexposed (by exactly two F stops) to prevent the sky from blowing out. The 2nd shot was shot at normal exposure (sky blown out) and still has the same ...
  • Thanks, I wasn't aware of the sun in the center being an issue. However, I did also shoot some with the sun off to an angle and still had similar issues.  These are all HDR as well, with the sun ...
  • Created discussions Struggles with sharpness
    Prior to the last month or so, my photography had been more casual, usually hand-held with an inexpensive crop sensor DSLR. Recently, I've made the transition and investment to move towards ...
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