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Old Sep 1, 2007, 4:14 PM   #1
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This was my bike shot from yesterday. Not sure what the camera picked to focus on. I had tried for the center post. I only took the one shot.
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Old Sep 2, 2007, 12:39 AM   #2
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NhMom,

You'll probably have more success with focussing if you remember to use as small an aperture as possible. Large apertures create small DOF and thus leave portions of the object like your bicycle out of focus.

Your attempt to get the camera to focus on the center post as a safe bet is a safe bet but the aperture size now determines how far away from the post will be in focus in your shot.

Unfortunately my suggestion is not a post-shot suggestion, one has to meter the aperture prior to taking the shot. Remember you can use aperture priority to set the aperture and the camera will then decide the best exposure time. It works most of the time.

Aloha, hopes this help.
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Old Sep 2, 2007, 1:50 AM   #3
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Not sure what the camera picked to focus on....
Perhaps it's camera shake. I note from the exif (if it's unchanged by resizing) that it was only 1/45s, and it was f/8, ISO200. Hope you don't mind the espionage.

I'd have been excited, myself, on seeing the bike so nicely posed, artisticallysteering round the bend for this challenge, and also out of breath if it was my bike. I like the picture, anyway, and I think the centre post may wellbe the sharpest bit.
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Old Sep 3, 2007, 6:06 PM   #4
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Thank you, Selvin and Alan. Yes, I did have it set on f8 for what I'd been shooting before. My first experiences using an slr were in a class where we weren't allowed any setting but full manual. Instictively, now, that's what I move the dial to. I really do need to get in the habit of shooting in AV mode instead. Too many things to consider. I've been trying to focus more on my composition and now am forgetting the settings. Some day!

And, no Alan, I don't mind the espionage. That's how we learn.

Thanks for the input.


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