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Old Dec 25, 2006, 11:22 AM   #1
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Using a D70 with 70-300 Zoom, I took this picture numerous times in RAW. Bird was then cropped from the feeder. The bird appears out-of-focus. Used spot focusing, 1/80 @ f5, 195mm. Tried unsharp in PE4. Can it be the double-glass door I was shooting thru? Any suggestions would be appreciated.


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Old Dec 25, 2006, 1:39 PM   #2
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Hi Observerguy to me it looks as if the tail feathers are in focus but the head is not. This could be the glass but I don't think it would affect it. There could be a slight front focus issue (have you checked the lens out for this?). Where was your focus point?
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Old Dec 25, 2006, 3:27 PM   #3
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Did you focus on the head? What ISO did you use? There is lots of noise in the photo. If the birdhad strongbacklight you could use fill flash. WishI could help more. I posted this per your request in the wildlife forum.

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Old Dec 25, 2006, 4:06 PM   #4
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I tried focusing on the head butthe tripod was not the smoothest motion and I may have wound up on the tail feathers. Used ISO 200. The noise was probably due to all the diddling I did in PE4. Photo taken in bright overcast sky.

I'll try again tomorrow when the birds return. Thanks for your suggestions!!! I'll try hand--held, too.


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Old Dec 25, 2006, 4:10 PM   #5
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I think that's probably what it is, at f5 on 195mm with a subject that seems to be quite close the area that will be in focus is very narrow.

Looking forward to seeing what comes out next time. Might be worth upping the ISO to get say f7.1 or f8 which will bring more into focus.
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Will do. Tomorrow's the day and the bluebirds are here in the AM.
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