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Re: New Brighton Sunset

Depends whether you've been to Specsavers or not.....
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Re: New Brighton Sunset

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Thanks Alf! The question is whether you think the whole of the image is oof in the first one, or just the sea? The consensus so far is it's just the sea, which has been confusing us considerably!

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Well Ralph I would like to see it bigger to really tell but IMO it is the foregorund that that is oof the turbines are sharp and the sea I am less sure about.
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Re: New Brighton Sunset

Hi there Everyone!

Sorry to resurrect this thread, but I have found what had been causing the focussing issues - it was my (admittedly very cheap) ND grad filters. Trying them again on the 100-300mm pany I couldn't get a sharp focus on anything - to the point where I thought my lens was damaged - I took them off and tried them on my 40-150mm and that wasn't as sharp as normal either, so I tried the 100-300mm again with no filters and it focussed a treat.

I'm not sure what is causing the issue, but it doesn't seem to happen on wide angle lenses - maybe it's time to invest in some proper Lee filters?

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Re: New Brighton Sunset

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Hi there Everyone!

Sorry to resurrect this thread, but I have found what had been causing the focussing issues - it was my (admittedly very cheap) ND grad filters. Trying them again on the 100-300mm pany I couldn't get a sharp focus on anything - to the point where I thought my lens was damaged - I took them off and tried them on my 40-150mm and that wasn't as sharp as normal either, so I tried the 100-300mm again with no filters and it focussed a treat.

I'm not sure what is causing the issue, but it doesn't seem to happen on wide angle lenses - maybe it's time to invest in some proper Lee filters?

Cheers,

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I have Formatt Hitech filters and they are very good IMO

https://www.formatt-hitech.com/
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Re: New Brighton Sunset

FWIW I bought a set of Cokin P-size filters s/hand, complete with case, for about 30 from Camtech. I've had no problems with them. I'm not sure though that using filters with telephoto lenses is ideal; I can remember getting soft images when I used some filters with a 400 mm Tamron in my film days. Perhaps more critical for filter quality.
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Re: New Brighton Sunset

I used to use Cokin and Kood filters but they had some bad colour casts especially when using an ND and a ND grad together.
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Re: New Brighton Sunset

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I'm not sure though that using filters with telephoto lenses is ideal; I can remember getting soft images when I used some filters with a 400 mm Tamron in my film days. Perhaps more critical for filter quality.
That's what I was wondering, as used on my wide angle lenses there hasn't been a (noticeable) problem. It also seemed worse in the part of the image where the transition from dark to clear was - I wondered if the way the filters were manufactured might have a bearing on the blur?

Alf - thanks for the recommendation for HiTech filters - you aren't the first person to recommend them to me and they are certainly a possible for my Christmas list.

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Re: New Brighton Sunset

Back to the original I have two ideas:
a) turn it into a triptych to keep the power of three AND make it portrait by splitting it up into 3 vertical slices with some black bands and add a fram around the whole thing
b) use a letterbox crop immediately below the feet and just clip the top of the sun as I agree with IanB and think the sun is too overpowering.
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Re: New Brighton Sunset

Crop out the sun in the second version. Keep the reflections and the turbines :-)
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