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Hey hey we're the monkeys

By kuipje  
Shot in a zoo in the eastern part of Holland.
I think i have photographers block or I can't make nice picture anymore.
Yesterday morning I reset(ed?) my camera and forgot to put it on RAW again. Oke but you can still make nice pictures.
But I couldn't from the, about, 200 pictures I took maybe only 10 are acceptable.
Only few are sharp, I couldn't see that on the little screen.
Just moments before we left I saw that JPG settings and then changed it to RAW.
Have you any suggestions what I missed or must changed in my camera?
Thanks again

V2 is original
Title song "Hey hey we're the monkeys" by the Monkeys

Tags: The netherlands Arnhem Pets and captive animals Burgers Zoo


banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4045 Canada
5 Jul 2014 3:12PM
Hi Bianca and Jos.

I do notice something; actually I have noticed it for quite a while, which gives me a clue.

You often use +2/3 EC. In earler images, even when you did this, the images were always underexposed, even with the +2/3.

Now, after the reset, the +2/3 is doing what its supposed to do, making the image brighter. With this shot, +2/3 is not a good decision, leaving it as it was would give you a better shot.

So rather than introduce a problem, I think you have solved a problem, and you need to be careful with the exposure compensation.

I had a Canon 1D I had exposure issues with for ages until I realised there was a setting buried in the menus that biased exposure darker for every shot, so I used + always. I accidentally discovered the problem. I wonder if something similar occurred?



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5 Jul 2014 5:10PM
Thanks Willie.
I reset the camera because I couldn't get ISO 100 anymore with some research I found in my settings (custom functions no 5) "High tone priority" was enable ( I can't remember doing that) but I reset the wrong option "clear all camera settings" instead of "clear all custom functions"Blush
Now I did it right and I gone leave this and take some other pictures look how it works.
And yes often it says EC +2/3 but hardly any time I do that myself but I will look more closely next time what the camera says.
But I find it strange that I couldn't focus right and on the little screen I can't see if it is 100% sharp.
Maybe it was not my best day yesterday. Just keep on tryingTongue
But thanks again for your help and thinking
Regards from a sunny Reeuwijk
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4045 Canada
5 Jul 2014 7:10PM
I think with highlight tone priority off it will be different. leave it off and work with it.

Now you saw you have a problem seeing the image sharp in the LCD?

Are you using Live View to take the shots, or the viewfinder?

Highlight tone priority will reduce the brightness of highlights, so looking at the LCD it will be brighter. Also try reducing the LCD brightness.

dudler Plus
16 973 1535 England
5 Jul 2014 11:38PM
Soemthing odd, if things aren't sharp now you've reset (no need for the "ted" on the end), and it won't be that the camera doesn't work any more! I don't think it will be to do with using - or not using - RAW! You may have some sort of change to the AF settings (such as clearing selection of hte centre focus point only), so that the camera isn't doing what you are used to it doing.

As you're back to the start, I agree with Willie: change stuff one bit at a time, and make sure you know what the changes have done before making another change.

Very hard to analyse this sort of thing unless the camera is the same model as one is used to oneself: Canon menus are a complete mystery to me. But look at things a step at a time, and it will eventually work out!
6 Jul 2014 9:24AM
Thanks Willie & John for your thinking/advise.
I don't like the Live view so I just only the viewfinder. I must admit that I don't look always to information given in the viewfinder (ISO, EC ect) I must allowed me to have more time to do soBlush. I use the Evaluative metering.
Thanks again.

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