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Native Dancer

By Relic01  
I went to the Rama Chippewa Pow Wow today, this was taken during the "Grand Entrance|, not a lot of time to waste, I took a couple test shots and then grabbed this when it presented itself. This is untouched SOOC. Shutter priority, 1/800, f5.4, 1.0 ev, ISO 400, 53.8mm

Tags: General Portraits and people Sports and action



mrswoolybill Plus
16 4.1k 2606 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2015 9:45AM
Now that was a fabulous opportunity! The light was obviously tricky - lunch time sun, casting shadows over faces. Exposure-wise, this is pretty good. Composition-wise I would like to kneel down, get a lower viewpoint, in order to concentrate on the main protagonist - but that would have risked flare and under-exposure...

But I am seeing the same odd effect here as others commented on in your fox upload. The cap peak and raised hand in the background are sharp, the number on the man's knee is sharp - but a lot that is in between them is soft! The dancer's face is soft, his 'neck tie' is quite sharp. I have no explanation, but there is definitely something weird happening, and if my camera was doing this I would be hurrying to the local camera repair place for advice.
mrswoolybill Plus
16 4.1k 2606 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2015 11:58AM
Just been mulling over this with my Other Half. We wonder if there is possibly condensation on the sensor? It is not unknown...
Relic01 11 8 Canada
23 Aug 2015 12:29PM
Thanks Moira, I think I may well be taking the 45 minute drive to Barrie. I agree a lower POV would be better but the crowd was so thick the only way to see anything is I had to be up in the bleachers.
mrswoolybill Plus
16 4.1k 2606 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2015 12:47PM
I would phone in advance to check, rather than drive that distance on spec. I have no idea what the practicalities are for checking the innards of a bridge camera. But my feeling is that this is a sensor problem not the lens, not focusing...
Relic01 11 8 Canada
23 Aug 2015 12:59PM
Good advice, thanks. Time for some overtime and a new camera I think.
paulbroad 15 131 1294 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2015 6:19PM
I do think you need to consider a new camer. There is something very wrong, whatever the reason, and it will not be worth the repair bill, believe me!

Otherwise you needed separation from the crowd. I doubt depth of field would do it. Change of viewpoint or a long tele lens.

Relic01 11 8 Canada
23 Aug 2015 6:29PM
Agreed Paul, I am looking at a Nikon D5500 or equivalent Canon. I have thought about Pentax and other brands but seem to always return to one of these 2. It's now a matter of overtime and saving. I am thinking of a camera that is a bit beyond my current abilities so that I can "grow" into it if that makes any sense.
dudler Plus
19 2.1k 2018 England
23 Aug 2015 9:46PM
Did you check on the settings for file quality and size?

But the journey might be worth it, just to confirm the things you're not sure about, if you can get good advice from the shop/repairer.

You need validation of the problem, as well as loads of possible solutions...
banehawi Plus
19 2.9k 4354 Canada
23 Aug 2015 10:10PM
I went to this Pow-Wow a few years back. Its not easy to get decent action shots, - lots of moving around.

Your camera has had an issue with at least one side of the lens/sensor from the start Mike, - Ive commented on it before. BTW, you could probably walk to Barrie from where you are!

I would highly recommend Pentax, for great value and performance is you are looking. Dollar for dollar much better value than the other two. There are other options that are also good, and dont neglect used cameras.

Henrys has a decent selection of used gear online; if you want interchangeable lens cameras, you will likely buy a body and a lens/lenses separately, or you can sometimes get a camera with the kit lens. Right now theres a Nikon D90 for 369, and a Pentax K20 for 299, both in excellent shape. No lens with either, but you can also pick up used lenses.

There are some Micro 4/3 cameras, and a selection of Sony NEX types too, a bit more expensive.

dark_lord Plus
19 3.0k 836 England
23 Aug 2015 10:43PM
A lower viewpoint would increase the drama and also the importance of the figure in the frame. A well used technique in portraiture.
But at events it's not always possible to get to your ideal position especially if there are rows of occupied seating!

There's lots to think about and look forward to in a new camera, but in the meantime keep taking pictures with what you have. You'll be gaining experience all the while and continue to get to grips with lighting and composition, something not even the most expensive camera can help you with.

Relic01 11 8 Canada
24 Aug 2015 2:54AM
Thanks everyone, very helpful advice. I have no intention of stopping until I get a new camera, Keith, you are absolutely correct, I still have lots to learn with this one,
John- I did check the settings and have changed to "fine", I think I left it on medium for size, do I understand you correctly-I should try it a large? It makes sense as the only thing lost is total number of exposures on the SD card.
Will-I haven't ruled out Pentax though, my brother had a Pentax film camera I used to use in '79, I am def. going DSLR, prefer full frame but am not stuck on it.
I haven't looked at Henry's used cameras but have been through Kijji and Amazon, some decent deals (so I think). As for walking to Barrie, lol, have done that once and, well, it took a while lol.
I like the controls and display of the Canon and the price of the Nikon. Will start a serious comparison of these 2 and Pentax, I have already gone through the reviews on this site once, need to again slower and more methodically though. A lot of the language is still unfamiliar to me.

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