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06-20-2012, 10:34 AM   #1
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doubting my skills

Hey everyone,hope all is well.
To cut the story short here's the deal.
I sometimes for the life of me can't get a good shot.
I've got a few shots uploaded to this forum and they all look fine I suppose.
But today I can't get a single sharp shot at all.
I'm using Tammy 17-50 hand held at different ISO and shutter speeds as well as f numbers and still no luck.
I do find one common thing though.
When I shoot something close to the camera everything is ok.
As soon as I take a few steps back and try and take same shot its all blurry.
I can't really pinpoint the problem yet and that's why i need your help guys.
It really drives me nuts sometimes.
Oh one thing as well - the exposure didn't go any lower than 1/100.
I know it's my technique but I just can't figure it out.
Thank you so much guys.


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06-20-2012, 10:45 AM   #2
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Most.. interesting post I've seen in a while.

Can you post some pictrures?

And what settings are you using? Manual? Av?
06-20-2012, 11:15 AM   #3
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i'm mostly using Av mode with my auto lenses and M mode with my legacy stuff.
i can't post any photos of a crap shot cause i deleted them all out of rage)))
but i will attach an unprocessed raw image i took just a few minutes back.
i am really at a loss of what is going on.
i still blame myself for it though but what am i doing wrong?that is the question.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/g8g3lcrr3iq4mgp/_IGP4226.PEF
06-20-2012, 11:19 AM   #4
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Was this an autofocus lens, or manual? Where were you focusing? It looks like the small bulb pointing to the viewer is sharp, as is the edge of the wood. Did you inadvertantly change the focusing point, so that the center of the viewfinder is no longer where the focus lies?

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d'oh, exif says autofocus.

06-20-2012, 11:22 AM   #5
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QuoteOriginally posted by pezmaker Quote
Was this an autofocus lens, or manual? Where were you focusing? It looks like the small bulb pointing to the viewer is sharp, as is the edge of the wood. Did you inadvertantly change the focusing point, so that the center of the viewfinder is no longer where the focus lies?

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d'oh, exif says autofocus.
yeah i did use autofocus just to confirm.
and i did focus on the bulb pointing at me and then recomposed to get a bit of street in the shot as well.
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What do you find wrong with that shot? With the sharpness showing the lovely grain of the wood on the left, being able to read the markings on the bulb wires, and the clear sharpness on the edge of the bulb, i'm not sure what's wrong. I wish I had taken that shot
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Have you had your eyes checked lately? If you're taking pics and the close up ones are coming out fine but anything farther away you may need to have your eyes checked. You may need to adjust the diopter on the camera too. It may be that what your eyes think is focused really isn't if you're having any vision issues. I have major issues with that myself. My normal shots can all look great but I can really be off with MF lenses sometimes even with a diopter. I'm seriously thinking of getting a magnifier. Even the diopter just isn't quite enough sometimes.
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QuoteOriginally posted by magkelly Quote
Have you had your eyes checked lately? If you're taking pics and the close up ones are coming out fine but anything farther away you may need to have your eyes checked. You may need to adjust the diopter on the camera too. It may be that what your eyes think is focused really isn't if you're having any vision issues. I have major issues with that myself. My normal shots can all look great but I can really be off with MF lenses sometimes even with a diopter. I'm seriously thinking of getting a magnifier. Even the diopter just isn't quite enough sometimes.
mag if you have a specific reading prescription under +3 pentax parts has Diopters that work (in -1,-2,+1,+2,+3) I have the +3 and when combined with the built in adapter I will be good for quite some time yet. makes a huge difference. they cost about $30

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What do you find wrong with that shot? With the sharpness showing the lovely grain of the wood on the left, being able to read the markings on the bulb wires, and the clear sharpness on the edge of the bulb, i'm not sure what's wrong. I wish I had taken that shot
cheers for the compliments - but that's a good shot))))
i can't show any bad shots i'm afraid cause i was really pissed off with myself and deleted them!
but that's my whole point-i take a shot like that and i'm like happy and ready to hug everyone and then i turn around, take another shot and get all "back off - i'm dangerous" cause the quality simply sucks!!!
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QuoteOriginally posted by magkelly Quote
Have you had your eyes checked lately? If you're taking pics and the close up ones are coming out fine but anything farther away you may need to have your eyes checked. You may need to adjust the diopter on the camera too. It may be that what your eyes think is focused really isn't if you're having any vision issues. I have major issues with that myself. My normal shots can all look great but I can really be off with MF lenses sometimes even with a diopter. I'm seriously thinking of getting a magnifier. Even the diopter just isn't quite enough sometimes.
yeah my eyes are fine.
i see everything crisp and clear through the viewfinder and in real life)
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QuoteOriginally posted by racingsnake Quote
cheers for the compliments - but that's a good shot))))
i can't show any bad shots i'm afraid cause i was really pissed off with myself and deleted them!
but that's my whole point-i take a shot like that and i'm like happy and ready to hug everyone and then i turn around, take another shot and get all "back off - i'm dangerous" cause the quality simply sucks!!!
I'd say taking bad shots is a learning experience - if you don't learn from it, then it's going to happen again. Next time you get some bad shots, keep them, put them up here, let us help!
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I'd say taking bad shots is a learning experience - if you don't learn from it, then it's going to happen again. Next time you get some bad shots, keep them, put them up here, let us help!
yeah thanks so much for your help guys!
i guess i'll have to try and take some bad shots tomorrow)
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QuoteOriginally posted by racingsnake Quote
yeah thanks so much for your help guys!
i guess i'll have to try and take some bad shots tomorrow)
LOL, Everyone takes bad shots or at least mediocre ones, they just learn to edit so you only see the good ones As you develop what you accept as good changes that's all.
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Do you think it's possible that it's the lens? If you have any other lenses, trying them to see if you can get more consistent results with them.
06-20-2012, 12:07 PM   #15
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Do you think it's possible that it's the lens? If you have any other lenses, trying them to see if you can get more consistent results with them.
well i certainly thought so as well.
but i can't really blame the tammy. yeah i do get a missed focus here and there but that seldom happens.
when i was failing time after time with my tammy today i slapped on my helios and gave it a shot.couldn't get a single sharp shot either in that same room.i was trying to get a shot of my girlfriend while she was studying.the sun was beginning to set.the light was all natural.i tried focusing on the eyes to no avail with both lenses.it was all blur.i place my camera on a glass then (immitating a tripod), switched IS off and no luck still.
i was only able to get a crisp shot with eyelashes i could count only when out of frustration i asked her to come to the balcony which was facing the sunny side.
bingo!!!my helios did it!!!!
so yeah i recon the shutter speed had a lot to do with it and the fact how close was i to the subject.
but correct me if i'm wrong - doesn't sharpness of an image suffers the farther you get away from the subject,especially when shooting people?
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