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Old Mar 24, 2006, 8:36 PM   #11
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Well, the fact that I seem to shake somewhat more than I used to is the main reason I went for the OIS. I love to take some nature shots and birds at my feeders. I do have a tripod already, but, often I don't have time to set up, as in the case of the squirrel. Now, one question. When you say that the photo is soft, can you explain exactly what you mean. And also, what settings do you use for nature shots like the squirrel and birds?

Thanks, any help and critique is appreciated.

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Camera setting for nature? That is very subjective for still life or landscapes I would shoot Aperture priority and set it to around F4 with an ISO of 80. The camera would then figure out the speed. I would shoot any time during the day except between 12 and 2PM because scenes are more attractive when the sun is not at its full height.



For animals I would shoot shutter priority at about 300th withISO 100 and let the camera set aperture. I always use the camera in manual focus with the slide down that allow a focus lock on my subject so I can make slight composition changes and when I depress the shutter only the exposure is set.



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Okay, see what you mean. I thought you might be referring to focus.

This is my horse Caracas, a Peruvian Paso. He likes to buck, so I call him Rocky.

I cropped, and use smart fix in PE4.
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Okay, see what you mean. I thought you might be referring to focus.

This is my horse Caracas, a Peruvian Paso. He likes to buck, so I call him Rocky.

I cropped, and use smart fix in PE4.


I did mean focus.

Now that hurts I love horses and have done a fare amount of riding in my life and you have your own. What a beauty looks to be about 12-13 hands. The thrill of my life was riding a 15 hand Pasafino in the Dominican Republic. They take 5 steps to move a foot but what a smooth mount.

I could not resist doing some pp on this one.




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Looks like you adjusted the depth of color somewhat. Is this done with layering, filter or saturation. I haven't gotten that far in my book yet.

Anyway, I have two more Peruvian Pasos. A mare called Santa Fe, and another gelding called Tesoro Peru.

Attached is Santa Fe.
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Using the Tcon 17

I have the Tcon and from my experience here are the guide lines for best results:

1. Use a tripod if possible.

2. Set to fixed aperture of6 and above 7.3 - 8 preferred.

3. Set the contrast and sharpness to max.

4. Set auto focus area to middle (not spot).

Most times you will have to improve the pictures in PS, or other editing software to get the best results.



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Thanks Ilan, I will try those settings. Nice captures. I appreciate all suggestions. I can readily see that I have to dwelve into the PP.
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