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08-04-2011, 05:33 PM   #1
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Photos appear soft?

I have a pentax kx and was using a 28-75 2.8 lens on a mountain bike race the other day and have a few questions.
In lr3 they look ok, when I zoom to 100% they dont look good at all. Kinda blurry, out of focus.

I realize my shutter speed may not have been fast enough, but do you look at your photos at 100%

Thanks, George

08-04-2011, 05:41 PM   #2
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It's called pixel-peeping. Really, if you like the way they look at the size you view them, what does it really matter what they look like at 100%?

P.S.- I do it too
08-04-2011, 06:17 PM   #3
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Anything displayed large enough and inspected closely enough will look bad.
Almost anything shown small enough and seen from far enough will look good.
If the subject is compelling, the image will survive even the lousiest display.
If the subject is boring crap, even the most perfect image will be boring crap.

In short: Enjoy the image for what it is, not for what it could have been if only...
08-04-2011, 06:33 PM   #4
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yes all the time. Im very strict about image quality, if its not up to par Its straight to the trash bin

That is unless I feel like making the excuse of fine art

08-04-2011, 06:47 PM   #5
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Yes I look at my images at 100%. It doesn't automatically get binned if it's not tack sharp at 100%, but the composition or subject has got to be pretty special for it to survive. I shoot enough shots though that I still end up with a ton of keepers even if I bin 90% of what I take.
08-04-2011, 07:33 PM   #6
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It's a tremendous mark of pride to have things pixel level clean. Besides, how else am I supposed to justify spending money on cameras and lenses?

Kidding aside, sometimes I want a Monet, other times I want to be able to lean into a landscape and picture myself there, slowly making my way through the scene or play Where's Waldo in a shot with a crowd. If it isn't a landscape that lends itself to that sort of thing, or a macro, there's a good enough point.
08-04-2011, 08:13 PM   #7
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It was indeed likely the shutter speed. Stop down or up the ISO.
08-04-2011, 11:14 PM   #8
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100% is definitely pixle peeping. Most photos will not look extremely sharp at 100% and on a 3x4 print that will not matter. I would suggest a 3x4 print to use as you guideline and not a 100% zoom.

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I too look at them at 100%, if its not sharp at 100% then they get discarded.
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QuoteOriginally posted by yeatzee Quote
That is unless I feel like making the excuse of fine art
*AHEM* I scrutinise my work thoroughly as well, even with film I was described by colleagues as being overly fond of the 8X loupe - especially with prints.
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It depends on the picture and what is in it for me.

Photos of flowers for instance, I expect to be razor sharp and showing every detail, even at 100%. Photos of The Hound, for instance, I'm happy if I can even recognize him in the photo. Sharp would be nice but since he typically runs from the camera, I take what I can get.

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I too look at them at 100%, if its not sharp at 100% then they get discarded.

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