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May 15, 2019 10:17:36   #
GrandmaG
 
dsmeltz wrote:
That is what I thought when I went to my first one! Boy did I look silly. Especially after I pulled my pants down and everyone shouted "It's A Girl!"

They sounded so sure, I had to double check!


Now, THAT’S funny. I shouldn’t be reading this while drinking coffee. I nearly spit it out! Thanks, I needed that!

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May 15, 2019 10:19:10   #
CWGordon
 
Rodpark caught it. Outstanding. I absolutely agree with his conclusions. I doubt I would have come up with that. That’s what this forum is all about.

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May 15, 2019 10:54:13   #
PhotogHobbyist
 
dsmeltz wrote:
That looks like a combo of a slow shutter speed and camera shake.


I agree.

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May 15, 2019 12:26:00   #
Norm W.
 
CHG_CANON wrote:
You can judge the quality of the guesses to determine the amount of help you'll get ... or you can post some examples, if you want something more than amusement ...


Auto focus uses contrast or definitions to activate. Could it be that the focus point was not on an area that provided sufficient definition to focus from?

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May 15, 2019 12:43:32   #
ballsafire
 
sb wrote:
Some guy got arrested in a park near here this week for that...



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May 15, 2019 12:46:04   #
ballsafire
 
tonyw36 wrote:
The trouble was that the focus point was in the centre where there was only white with nothing to focus on. You should point the camera at something with some variation, such as one of the people, half press the shutter button and then reframe and push the shutter button fully down to take the shot.



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May 15, 2019 12:49:05   #
PHRubin (a regular here)
 
The major thing I noticed is the 1/40 second shutter speed. Much too slow to stop movement since it appears the subjects are in motion. Furthermore, looking closely at the text in the sign, I see vertical movement, which means the camera was not stationary.

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May 15, 2019 13:17:07   #
Bridges
 
Resqu2 wrote:
I do most all my photography outside, natural light stuff and always with my 70-200 f/2.8 lens. Saturday morning I shot a 5k race and it turned out great, all the pics were spot on, seems like my 5D couldn’t miss a shot. The gal that put the race together ask if I was available later that day to shoot a gender reveal so I though why not. Got there when ask and the room was basically white, like everything was white from the walls to the ceiling to the tables and decorations. The room was full of Hugh windows so tons of light on top of the white. My go to lens was to long of course so I grabbed my 24-105 f/4 lens and it seems like the shots with more than one person in it just wasn’t in focus. I tried several different settings and even tried auto but was never happy with a single shot. I’d like to had more time to do test shots but it just wasn’t there. I do shoot raw but you can’t recover out of focus. By the way, this wasn’t a paid job, just trying to help a group of friends that I run with.

Any advice on shooting in a room like I described?
I do most all my photography outside, natural ligh... (show quote)


To answer the question "Ever have a bad shoot": Each year I do around four or five fireworks shoots. I just like doing them. On one shoot last year I set up everything like usual -- a sturdy tripod, remote shutter trip, set my camera at f10, 3 sec., ISO 200, put the lens on manual focus and focused just shy of infinity -- the set up that usually produces really nice shots. Just before the fireworks began, I decided to switch from my 24-105 lens to my 14-24 f2.8 lens. I changed lenses but forgot to set that lens on manual. As I took the shots, they looked good on the little 3" camera screen, but when I put them on the computer, every single one was just enough out of focus to render it useless! Had I put the camera on manual focus rather than the lens, it would probably have saved me that time.

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May 15, 2019 15:39:18   #
RichinSeattle
 
Kozan wrote:
What the hell is a gender reveal?


My question too. The answer was disappointing.

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May 15, 2019 16:15:23   #
depscribe
 
My experience is not so much based on the locale but on a lens: my 70-300 Nikkor has a couple of times now decided it wasn't interested in focusing. Then, in a bit, it was fine again. This of course makes it useless for anything that's a one-time opportunity. Fixing it involved such things as turning the camera off and on again, turning autofocus, both on lens and on camera, off and on again, changing lenses to make sure it wasn't the camera, which it wasn't, and remounting it. Lens was a Nikon refurb, just out of warranty (of course).

(I suppose that when shooting a gender reveal, when the people reveal their genders there's a danger of them being overexposed. <grin, duck, and run>)

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May 15, 2019 16:29:53   #
DeanS (a regular here)
 
What f-stop were you shooting?

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May 15, 2019 16:43:08   #
juan_uy (a regular here)
 
depscribe wrote:
My experience is not so much based on the locale but on a lens: my 70-300 Nikkor has a couple of times now decided it wasn't interested in focusing. Then, in a bit, it was fine again. This of course makes it useless for anything that's a one-time opportunity. Fixing it involved such things as turning the camera off and on again, turning autofocus, both on lens and on camera, off and on again, changing lenses to make sure it wasn't the camera, which it wasn't, and remounting it. Lens was a Nikon refurb, just out of warranty (of course).

(I suppose that when shooting a gender reveal, when the people reveal their genders there's a danger of them being overexposed. <grin, duck, and run>)
My experience is not so much based on the locale b... (show quote)


Probably you already checked, but just in case.....have you try cleaning contacts in the lens?

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May 15, 2019 17:22:30   #
SuperflyTNT (a regular here)
 
The pregnancy gender reveal is much preferable to the surprise gender reveal on a date.

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May 15, 2019 17:37:05   #
depscribe
 
juan_uy wrote:
Probably you already checked, but just in case.....have you try cleaning contacts in the lens?


Yeppers, of course. There's something intermittently flaky in the lens. And for extra points, it doesn't manually focus during these little episodes. (I should note that it's only happened a couple of times, but that's enough to make me leery of it.)

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May 15, 2019 17:45:04   #
Resqu2
 
DeanS wrote:
What f-stop were you shooting?


I was in P and the camera choose f/4. Bad choice.

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