A Hawk at Publix

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AlwynS Veteran Member • Posts: 3,944
Re: A Hawk at Publix

sherman_levine wrote:

AlwynS wrote:

Rodger1943 wrote:

Initially, I thought it was a great shot, but on closer examination I could see that the focus on the head was "soft". I too have encountered this many times, even on small birds, where the body is in focus and the head not so much. The easiest way round it I have found it not to use F4, but try F5.6. That gives you a greater depth of field and allows the head to be more like the body, this is especially true, when the bird has its back to you, as the back is closer than the head. The greater depth of field you get with F5.6 is enough to show the whole bird in focus. There are times when you really want to use F4, as it lets in a lot more light, you can then try manual focus on the head and then you can move the camera around for re-framing and still keep the focus on the head.

Sorry Rodger but, while it might be a matter of degree, I must disagree. It is generally accepted that the head/eye is the prime objective to be in focus. Increasing the DoF is a palliative measure. The fix is to focus on the head. In this case there is absolutely no reason why one could not comfortably have focused on the head/eye using Flexible Spot in the right position. If then you want the rest of the body in focus one could consider reducing the aperture for greater DoF.

How about using the lock on subject focus, locking on the eyes by moving the camera?

Accepted that there is more than one way of doing it. I just described one way that gives me great control over focus and exposure plus it allows the camera to use AFC to re-focus between burst shots. Plus I do not have to repeatedly do it for follow on bursts: I just place the focus/metering spot where I want it and press the button. Enough benefits for me to have happily done it this way tens of thousands of times with results that I am totally happy with.

Seeing that birding is my primary genre anything that makes life simpler, allows me to shoot repeatedly quickly and gives me results that I am satisfied with makes me happy.

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