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Old Mar 27, 2010, 7:07 AM   #1
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My local ski park held a Rail Jam contest. Got some pretty fun shots. Pentax Kx with Tamron 18-250.
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Good action shots here. Also nice that you were able to get in close. The first 3 look a tad soft. However the last one is nice and sharp with good lighting!
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It's harder to tell from the first (my excuse for not picking it up in the critique section), but looking at the next two is seems that these 3 are all out of focus. It looks like the background is sharp but the skiers are not. Which focus mode did you use for these and which focus points?

My other thought was motion blur, but looking at the lighting you should have had plenty of shutter speed.

The last is lovely and sharp but as with the rest a bit under exposed.

I really hope that as this is local to you you will get more chances to shoot as there is so much potential and seems like you had fun taking them. I would love to see your next batch as there is some great action here.
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It's interesting how soft photos look when posted versus how sharp they look on my monitor. I have heard others say the same thing. Why is that? I wasn't really that close, that's the beauty of the Tamron.

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It's interesting how soft photos look when posted versus how sharp they look on my monitor. I have heard others say the same thing. Why is that? I wasn't really that close, that's the beauty of the Tamron.
Check the dimensions of the image you are trying to upload. ANything over 900 pixels wide seems to get compressed. I have much better luck first uploasing to a site such as photobucket and then inserting the link.
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Im on my phone, but from what i see, you have some nice shots! they do look a little soft, but that could just be the internet. I would try to get some more of the actually on the rail, because thats what the day was about right?

But you have some nice shots there.

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I ran into the same thing, the board compress my shots and made them look soft. I tried jelpee's suggestion. Making a copy at 900x600, then did edge and photo sharpening to 1. Then color enhance, much better posting results. The full size jpeg did look better on my screen then on the board. But after resizing and sharpening, I have better results. Or photobucket is an option, just need to resize that is all.
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Cool shots
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If you are posting photos that are larger than 1024 for the longest side then they will be re-sized by the board software which really isn't a good algorithm so much better to size it before posting. Personally I use 850 wide if landscape and 750 high if portrait.
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Resized to 750 wide and applied a lot of sharpening. Didn't seem to make much difference. It's really sharp on my monitor.
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