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Old 30th March 2008
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First wildlife attempt

Victoria Park Nelson first wildlife attempt am I anywhere near.
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Re: First wildlife attempt

The image look slightly out of focus. What time of day did you see the little critter?

What lens did you use? I assume that the image is cropped.
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Re: First wildlife attempt

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The image look slightly out of focus. What time of day did you see the little critter?

What lens did you use? I assume that the image is cropped.
Just what I was going to say

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Re: First wildlife attempt

"Just what I was going to say "

I was going to say that great minds think alike, but then remembered that I am not great.
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The image look slightly out of focus. What time of day did you see the little critter?

What lens did you use? I assume that the image is cropped.
Lens 70-300 at 300 f5.6 1/200 is1 hand held from about 15yds.Sunny 16.15pm BST Image cropped
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Lens 70-300 at 300 f5.6 1/200 is1 hand held from about 15yds.Sunny 16.15pm BST Image cropped
John
So the lens was pretty much wide open for 300mm? It looks like a general softness problem rather than out-of-focus or camera shake.

I see from the EXIF that you shot it at 100 ISO. Perhaps you should have stopped down to f8.0 and upped the ISO to 400. I think you would have had much sharper results.

Did you do any sharpening out of the camera? Digital images _have_ to be sharpened either in camera or in (say) Photoshop. This is a fundamental and essential principle.

Read and inwardly digest:

http://ronbigelow.com/articles/sharpen1/sharpen1.html

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Re: First wildlife attempt

Hey Jim, now that is a fantastic article, thanks for pointing it out.
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Yes good article on sharpening, going to take a bit of digesting all that though!

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Yes good article on sharpening, going to take a bit of digesting all that though!

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I think the main thing to grasp is that sharpening is not a 'kludge' or tool to rectify photos taken out-of-focus, with motion blur or with poor optics - but an essential part of the digital capture process, even with the best equipment and technique. I get the feeling that some people think that it's optional or somehow 'cheating'.

The bottom line is that if no sharpening is done either in the camera or as part of post processing, the images _will_ be unsharp no matter how good the equipment or technique. This really has to be hammered home as one of the fundamental lessons of digital photography!

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Re: First wildlife attempt

Thanks for the tips I for one did not realise that sharpening was so important.
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Re: First wildlife attempt

As Jim points out sharpening should be a standard part of your work flow, I believe a lot of new dslr users who come from digital compacts are disapointed at 1st because compacts usually have the internal sharpening pre-set high so by comparison the shots don't have 'that edge'

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