I am an Avian shooter and just bought a Canon 10-22mm lens to be used on my Canon 70D crop body for landscape photography. I need to change my mindset of Spot Focus on eye of bird with my 400mm prime, so I have read numerous threads and would like to summarise my learnings for the experts
Let me describe the scene as I scouted the location last weekend.
Dam with "dead" tree at +- 8 metres from waters edge, sandy beach and mountains in the distance behind the tree (+- 5 km away so infinity)
I would like to shoot at 20mm at f11 and ISO 100 (Canon 70D), now the focus point. According to DOF calculator,
near limit is 1.51 metres
in front of subjest 6.5 metres
hyperfocal distance 1.88 metres
I normally use spot focus, is this okay ?
Now, with the readings above, do I focus directly on the tree which means that 6.5 metres before the tree will be in focus and beind will be infinite (ie 1.5 metres closest to me will be out of focus)
What would be the best tips (increasing/decreasing aperture etc) in approving the overall sharpness of the image as I personally HATE "soft/washed out" images.
Thanks for helping a clueless wonder (refer to my username)