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Beach pic: Shadows pixelated - How to avoid?

 
René ­ Damkot
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Aug 02, 2009 09:56 |  #16

Macrosill wrote in post #8382332 (external link)
The cause of the softness may be due to the lack of contrast in the shoulder itself. If the auto focus point was on the shoulder and did not overlap onto anything else it could fooll the camera and not focus properly. Just a thought.

No. The cause of the softness is that it's out of focus :rolleyes:


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Aug 02, 2009 15:39 as a reply to  @ René Damkot's post |  #17

LooseScrews wrote in post #8380321 (external link)
Took some pics at the beach this past weekend and now that I am home and reviewing them, I am a little disappointed. Take the image below. It is a bit soft, more so than to be expected when shot at f/2.8 with the 70-200 L. Also, there seems to be a fair amount of noise in the shadows. It's frustrating when I try to reduce noise AND sharpen. The pic is good for an 8x10, but nothing larger. Or am I missing something?

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50D with 70-200 f/2.8L IS
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1/3 EV
ISO 200
1/3200ss
f/2.8
Highest quality JPEG
Highlight tone priority off, noise reduction off
IS was on, but I think it *may* have been on Mode 2 on accident

Center point AF (on right shoulder, should have been his eyes)

Full size original (4.7mb) - http://reynoldsanddani​elle.com/RBPhotography​/IMG_8832.JPG (external link)

Here is the rest of the gallery if you want to see other examples.
http://www.reynoldsand​danielle.com …os/Pages/Gulf_S​hores.html (external link)

The camera is a few months old and has been shot regularly. Already time for a sensor cleaning? Is it possible the heat (~92F) and 100% moisture affected the shot? I was VERY protective of my gear at the beach. Carried out my backpack INSIDE of a garbage bag and allowed it to acclimate before pulling it out. I took pics for maybe 20 minutes and put it away.

At ISO 200 on a bright sunny day, you didn't need a shutter speed of 1/3200. You could have stopped down from the f2.8 and gained a little more DOF. You still would have had a workable shutter speed, especially with IS.


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Aug 02, 2009 16:42 |  #18

JWright, I purposely chose wide open for a thin DoF, not because I wanted a high SS. Have since realized or learned f/4.0 would have given a shallow DoF as well, but likely a bit sharper.


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Aug 02, 2009 21:50 |  #19

A) I don't see any shadows in particular.
B) I agree, there is zero noise anywhere.
C) While the focus isn't perfect, you could print this huge if you wanted and the quality would be good.
D) If you want to surrender your gear, I'd be happy to borrow it.


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