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Old Dec 28, 2006, 12:05 PM   #1
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Went out yesterday to get a few pictures in the NZ bush and as any photographer who has been in the Aussie or NZ bush will know the light thro' the canopy getting down to the ground is very low.

I thought I had it sussed just set K10D to 18mm focal length for most shots and bingo heaps of good shots !!!! Wrong !!!!

Poor depth of field has meant no really satisfactory shots.

Is it best to shoot @ 800 ISO to get a decent capture, or really better to close lens right down and use a tripod with SR turned off ?

Appreciate all replies !!!

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Depends on what you are shooting. If you are shooting motionless landscape scenery, then I tripod would be best inorder to capture enough light under the canopy. If you are trying to shoot animals or other moving subjects then I would go up on the ISO.
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Old Dec 28, 2006, 2:11 PM   #3
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how about off camera flash??

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In the forests where I live there are lots of trees to hold the camera against! :lol:

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What are you shooting specifically? Unless your shooting fast moving wildlife, better to use a tripod with cable release, low ISO, smaller apertures.



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Old Dec 28, 2006, 5:02 PM   #6
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Thank you all for your replies.

I'll go thro' each of them and see what refers most to my subjects. Basically I'm referring to shots showing paths thro' the bush and contre jour of bush scenery.

Here is one I salvaged with a bit of editing.
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That's great depth of field on your fine forest shot Kjell.

What aperture and focal length please?

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In those cases, you might try a monopod or tripod and a slower shutter speed/smaller aperture rather than higher ISO. I don't mind using 400 and find 800 useable if I've got the exposure right, but think lower is better, if you can afford it.
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Thanks mtngal.My problem is I want shots of any bush birds plus I want bush shots with plenty depth of field.

Possible solution near home carry tripod and use 400 ISO for all shots.

If away and doing a lot of hiking thro' the bush take monopod and double up on forest scenery with 400 and 800 ISOs.Bird shots probably OK @ 400 ISO.

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This scene that you present as an example can be very tough to meter. One the one hand you have the dark shady undergrowth. Then you also have brightly lit tree trunk. If you meter off the dark undergrowth, you will blow out the highlights of the tree trunk. Whereas if you meter of the tree trunk, you will severely underexpose the shady parts. I don't have a quick answer for you on this one, but emphathize with the challenge that this situation presents. Good luck. If you find a solution, please post it and your results. I'm eager to learn too.:?
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