Focusing in Landscapes
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10-01-12, 07:26 PM
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: London, UK
After years taking photographs in the mountains, my handholding is not bad but I accept it is a far cry from a compact, even a good one, to the weight of a DSLR. In the mountains, I find that f/8 and the consequential shutter speeds with a decent amount of light allows me to handhold.
Having read a number of articles, and a number of posts on this forum, it seems to me that I am going to being vary my photography between landscape (where foreground interest is just as relevant if not more so than the background interest) and mountains where focusing on infinity is more likely to suit me as I don't need the depth of field/focal plane sharpness to be as significant. With landscape, I think I'll need to stop down to f/13 or f/16 in order to balance the depth of field and focal plane sharpness against diffraction.
I am however very attracted to infinity focusing especially given everything I have read seems to suggest that focusing beyond the hyper focal distance is essential for sharpness in the background and that, with my 17-40mm lens ends up to being infinity or thereabouts in any event.
There's a lot of experimentation to be done, but those are the issues I am thinking about right now.
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