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By caj26
Cold and frosty morning with vivid colour.Have I got it right or how could I improve it?

Tags: Tree Landscape and travel

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salopian Plus
6 3 27 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 10:48AM
You have certainly captured the cold frosty morning atmosphere and the colours look good, but for some reason the tree looks unsharp. Could be the camera focussed on the foreground? You could have used a smaller aperture to give a wider depth of field ( shutter speed 1/2000) Then again the original may be sharp but uploading it may have softened it. Willie would be able to give you good advice on that subject.


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banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3893 Canada
18 Feb 2013 4:35PM
Welcome to EPZ, Mrs C Jones! And thanks Geoff for the vote of confidence too!

If you check out mt Blog here on EPZ you will see some tips you will find useful.

The image is soft, i.e not sharp, here on the site. It may be a sharp original shot, sharper than here. Thats simply because you need to follow a re sizing procedure for uploading images to the web. It goes like this: Set image PPI (Pixels per inch) to 72; set the longest size to that allowed (600 pix here); then save image as new file name at the highest quality; then OPEN the new file; check its sharpness, and sharpen as needed. It wil almost always need sharpening. Then save again, and only then upload.

Your shot setting look OK. What Geoff is suggesting is a smaller aperture, which increases the depth from the camera to infinity that will appear sharp. This isnt bad though when its sharpened, and the focus on the tree is more apparent.

What I would change is ISO, as at 400, its set shutter speed to 1/2000, and at ISO 100, you get a better quality shot (less noise for an enlargement), and your shutter speed would be 1/250, easily fast enough for a 40mm lens on a Pentax.

The picture itself is likely pleasing to you if you are a beginner; its got good colour, a full reflection of the tree. It falls into a category of a record shot, - something you saw when you were there.

I have uploaded a modification that has sharpening applied, and is a little brighter. Scroll up this page and click the modifications tab to see it.

regards, and enjoy the site.

alistairfarrugia 5 164 88 Malta
18 Feb 2013 5:31PM
I think Willie's got most of the details covered already, but a further tip I may offer is the recording media chosen - it seems you shot this in JPEG format - I would recommend using RAW format given the advantage it gives you in terms of better handling post-processing work, such as sharpening, exposure adjustments, saturation levels, etc.

If you need help about the difference between RAW and JPEG, there are plenty of tutorials on the web, and pretty confident such tutorials can be found in EPZ forums and/or articles.
paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 6:22PM
The basic image and composition is fine but the whole frame is very unsharp. Can hardly be because of your shutter speed, so I suspect the lens has focused very close for some reason and the image is simply out of focus. You didn't have auto focus shut off and forget did you?

caj26 5 4 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 7:12PM
GrinThanks,for your comments will be shooting in RAW more now!
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
18 Feb 2013 9:26PM
Welcome from me too.

Some good advice there.

If you're just starting to shoot using raw and you feel you'd like some advice, just ask.

We're all here help each other.

Good luck,

caj26 5 4 United Kingdom
21 Feb 2013 4:46PM
I use picasa mainly.I have elements 10 but its easy to transfer from Picasa.

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