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30-06-12, 10:09 AM
Join Date: Dec 2011
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Hope you don't mind me asking about the settings you used on the Golden Hind shot .
You used f/8 when you had f/4 available even though it raised the ISO to 400 and pulled the background further into focus which I find a bit distracting .
Always interested in finding out why people use the settings they do , it helps me understand the technical aspect of photography a little better .
My conundrum was that if I used f/4 (and i did try f/4 but deleted it) not enough of the hind's head would be in focus. Having a large sensor, 44mm x 33mm the 645D has less DOF than APS-C and FF cameras. It's possible that the shot doesn't work because of the background. A bricked background is distracting even if thrown out of focus. I have added 20px gaussian blur to the background and when before I did this I looked at 100% at the unprocessed file in CS5 the background was indeed OOF. Go back to normal screen size and it looks totally different. It's a pity the other side is inaccessible as the background wouldn't be bricks. If there were trees behind, it wouldn't be so bad. Bricks cut through many things!
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