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mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.4k 2295 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2013 10:40AM
Lovely idea, quirky one-off composition, a sort of nearly-there-but-not-quite for me. At f1.8 the focus needs to be very precise, I suspect that you perhaps focused on that detail towards the top of what we see of the glass ball and then recomposed, and that slight movement of the camera in recomposing has cost you the sharp detail. I'd like to see the focus on the left edge of the ball about half way down in the frame. Either manual focus, or I think you have nine focus points to play with? Plus try this with slightly greater depth of field, try different apertures from f2.2 up to say f5.6 and see which gives the best balance of soft and sharp; a slightly larger aperture would also allow a lower ISO, so a better image quality.
Hope you won't be offended by that, I love to see people looking for pictures, creating their own view of the world.
So that's next Christmas sorted... Wink
AlanJ 7 1.0k England
21 Apr 2013 11:10AM

Thank you for taking the time to comment.
I am so new to this! I bought my first DSLR just before Xmas and this was taken at my brother's house on New Year's Eve. I was just playing really seeing if the 50m lens could give DOF effect that the guy in Jessops told me it would. I was sitting on the couch with the camera propped on my knee clicking away and this is what I got. Having read a fair bit since then I am not surprised it's not spot on at 1/60 with my nephew and nieces (5 year old twins) dashing about.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.4k 2295 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2013 2:30PM
LOL as they say... Five-year-old twins probably not the best accessory for photography! Without them, and sitting braced as you describe, 1/60 second should be OK if you have a reasonably steady hand. A tripod is generally advised for low light conditions in particular, but having said that I hate using the things, I lose the 'hands on' feel.
I love shallow depth of field, but just because f1.8 is available doesn't necessarily make it the best choice. Your lens will perform best within the range of two stops from either extreme - so f4 to f11 in this case.
Glad you weren't offended by the comment.

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