Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home

Show Printable Version Search this Thread
02-08-2008, 09:15 AM   #1
Senior Member
ukbluetooth's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Reading, UK
Posts: 189
Lessons learned with K10D - elementary my dear Watson

I have followed several threads about what to do with the AF button on the K10D. I decided to uncouple AF in shutter release and replace it with AF button. Visited Kew Gardens and took many close wide aperture shots of amazing rare orchids – but what a disappointment – they were nearly all slightly off focus, that is the particular bloom I focussed on was not in focus, but the leaf near to it was. So what I was obviously doing was focussing with the AF button, then somehow managing to move the camera slightly before firing shot. Now I have gone back to using the shutter release for focus and converted the AF to switch off auto focus. So many options with this camera – it is a work of wonder.

Then, also at Kew – beautiful late afternoon winter sunshine illuminating a large bronze sculpture by Henri Moore bathing it in dancing yellows and golds, a backdrop of white fluffy clouds against a deep blue sky. I stood in the shelter of a tree, sun to my right and carefully composed the shot – it truly looked amazing through the viewfinder. Gently turned my new circular polarising filter to achieve just the right amount of drama in the sky …

… My only excuse might be that I wear photo-chromic spectacles - but what a disappointment. I had produced a series of shots showing with perfection how not to use a polarising filter. The sky to the left of the frame was a dull greyish blue; the sky to the right was almost white – quite horrible.

Some lessons learned – I guess there will be quite a few more before I tame this beautiful beast of a camera.

02-08-2008, 10:19 AM   #2
Veteran Member

Join Date: Sep 2006
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 5,713
That's normal ukbluetooth, it's very rare that a lens will be absolutely perfect and shot wide open makes it even harder.

A tripod might help you, although the smallest breeze could also mess up the shots.

I don't know your level, so please don't be offended if I'm telling you stuff you already know.
02-08-2008, 01:56 PM   #3
Veteran Member

Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Nove Zamky, Slovakia
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 7,181
Dear ukbluetooth,
I think we've all been there, and we've all learned our lessons.
I remember when I got my PL filter first time, I took every shot twice, with PL set at differnt angle, because I couldn't work out in viewfinder what's right and what's not...
02-08-2008, 04:27 PM   #4
Veteran Member
Miserere's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Boston
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,994
To echo what LittleLaker said, when shooting at wide apertures an inch can make all the difference, so any involuntary movement on your behalf, and any breeze moving the flowers, can render your scene out of focus. I suppose in these cases it's best to have the focus on the shutter release, as you're less likely to move between the half-press and the full-press. Live and learn! For example, I didn't know you could use the AF button to decouple the AF from the shutter release, and now I do

02-08-2008, 07:01 PM   #5
Jimbo's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Maple Ridge BC Canada
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 11,361
Sounds like my first week or two. I can only say.. its not the camera. Since taking a coarse, I found out I was not even holding the camera correctly and what a difference.. I also take a little more time setting the shot up and use my tripod on landscapes I want to keep. Three months into it the shots have improved 100% and I know there is a lot more to learn. Thank god I am not using film or I would go broke learning the whole process! Good luck JIMBO

  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
af, button, camera, disappointment, dslr, filter, focus, k10d, kew, photography, shot, sky
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Setting Up for Art Shows: Lessons Learned ajtour Photography Articles 3 01-27-2010 10:52 PM
Wolverine FlasPac 7000 experience and lessons learned Bactman Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 0 05-14-2009 08:17 AM
A Few Lessons Learned About Shooting Wildlife acbees Post Your Photos! 9 05-07-2008 02:13 PM
Volleyball photos and lessons learned... SouthShoreRob Post Your Photos! 6 11-19-2007 07:10 AM
Credit Cards and Lessons Learned Ed in GA General Talk 5 04-24-2007 08:52 AM

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:02 AM. | See also:, part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]