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Old Jan 29, 2011, 7:52 PM   #11
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Thanks everyone; I see the mistake in the second one of focusing on the clouds (center spot focus); making the landscape blurred. What should I have done so that both would be sharp?

Carol, I feel you captured the atmosphere perfectly in #2. For me the sky was the focal point, and the bit land around it brought the sky further into focus. ME I would not change a thing....
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Old Jan 29, 2011, 8:23 PM   #12
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Is that a typical Montana sky that John Denver sang about?
Our State is called the Big Sky Country, for very good reason.
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Old Jan 29, 2011, 8:25 PM   #13
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Carol, I feel you captured the atmosphere perfectly in #2. For me the sky was the focal point, and the bit land around it brought the sky further into focus. ME I would not change a thing....

Geoff, thank you! The sky definitely was the focal point; it was absolutely beautiful; and only lasted a few minutes, before the sun broke up over the mountains.
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I see the mistake in the second one of focusing on the clouds (center spot focus); making the landscape blurred. What should I have done so that both would be sharp?
It looks to me like it didn't focus properly on anything at all. Sometimes I find it hard to get focus on the sky; an option would be to focus first on the distant landscape features, then frame your photo while keeping the shutter half-pressed.
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Would it have been a good idea with #2 to lock either the exposure on the sky or the focus on the trees & then recompose to take the shot? Am I thinking the right way here? The fuzzy skyline & trees do detract from the shot for me but the colours are lovely!
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Old Jan 30, 2011, 7:38 PM   #16
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Yep, sorry; the quality of the 2nd photo definitely is below par.
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