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Old Sep 11, 2009, 8:36 AM   #1
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This image is a JPG straight out of the camera, resized, and text added in MS Paint, no post processing. I'm sure I could do more with it and would like to know your thoughts - took a few attempts to get the smoke in focus!

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I put some text on the photo which was always part of the plan but I'm not sure if "religious" content is permitted on this forum so please let me know and I can remove it if necessary.
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Old Sep 11, 2009, 10:14 AM   #2
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Since this was a home setup shot why not use a tripod? While the smoke is the subject here I think the candle and glass holder should have been in sharp focus. Im not bothered by the religious slogan, and find it helps with the overall design and balance.
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Old Sep 11, 2009, 11:03 AM   #3
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Thank you for your reply Bynx.

I tried a few attempts with a smaller f-stop for better depth of field but because I had to lower the shutter speed the smoke was too blurry and I wasn't happy with it. I will try a similar shot again later with a tripod and I'll see what I can come up with.

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Old Sep 11, 2009, 11:50 AM   #4
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Quite agreed with Bynx! To help with your further shots I'd like to add that things can be recovered selecting the 'lens blur' and 'more accurate' option in Smart Sharpening as seen below. I also did some noise removal and intended a dimensional look arranging the slogan. Just a thought : )
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Old Sep 11, 2009, 1:29 PM   #5
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That's amazing bahadir It's incredible what some simple PP can do to an image, and of course a bit of skill

Great tips which I will definitely consider when I edit my next images.
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I like the idea of the shot but the focus is too soft on the candle.
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Old Sep 14, 2009, 3:31 AM   #7
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One thing you might consider is shooting exactly as you did here, then while on the tripod, shoot another shot but with the candle in focus. You can then easily combine the two so both are in focus.
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