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Oct 31, 2017 18:40:42   #
MikWar wrote:
Now that's what I expected! I couldn't have gotten these pictures without your help!

I want to thank all the UHH members who made suggestions on how to improve my pictures using my new 100-400 lens. In particular Imagemeister, Robertjeri, Notorious T.O.D, PHRubin, Cat Marley, gessman, Bobspez, Amfoto1, and Woody4329 were persistent and patient with me. Below are some picts I took in the last two days using some of the suggestions: faster SS, using AI Servo, remove protective filter. Each of the pictures were hand-held. Most of them were tough shots - far away, flying past, in the "crap", poor lighting, jumping around. Yet they are 500% better than any previous pics.

What was the difference? Imagemeister suggested it in the third (of over 150) posts; Amfoto suggested it too; Woody4329 nailed it in his analysis of one of the original pictures of the bird on the ground. I'm 99% sure it was the protective filter. I purchased the lens with a filter package and immediately put on the UV filter. Every picture I took since Day 1 had the filter on it. And I thought just about every one of those pictures could have been better. Took off the filter 2 days ago and, Voila!

This is not to say that I couldn't get better shots (some of the ones below were "tests" to see if I could get the shot (i.e. very long distance, shooting into a mess of "crap"). I noticed how much camera shake I get - got to improve technique. I had to use manual focus in the "crap" - got to get better there. Need to figure out which lens stabilizer setting works best in different situations.

Sorry for the long post but I thought I owed it to everybody who took the time to help figure out the problem should get an explanation and a well-deserved pat on the back.

PS - I'm having rotator-cuff surgery Friday. I won't be able to lift the camera/lens for a least a month, probably 3 months. Ironic, huh?
Now that's what I expected! I couldn't have gotte... (show quote)

Very much improved!! The third from top seems to be very sharp. Good luck with your surgery. I hope all goes well and you have a speedy recovery>
Oct 29, 2017 19:56:09   #
MikWar wrote:
I'm going to do just that (remove the protective filter and test). One other person mentioned the filter and I dismissed that concept. I appreciate you looking carefully at the pics and sharing your analysis.
MIke Thanks for letting me know you read my post.
Oct 28, 2017 13:48:02   #
In photo second from bottom, with bird standing on the ground, focus is not a problem. The bottom of the photo is very fuzzy, the top of the photo is very fuzzy, where the bird is is where the bird is is sharpest. Even if focus was off, something on the ground should be sharp. It is not. Is the problem camera shake? It may be contributing but I have never seen camera shake that affects edges of photo differently from center. Things near edges are doubled, or tripled but not near the bird. I suspect filter or lens in that order. I had a bad UV filter that would not let me get a sharp photo with an SX50 at full zoom, replaced filter problem cured. I would set up and shoot a still subject with the camera on a tripod, manual focus with auto focus off, and 10 second timer shutter release until I had isolated problem.
Nov 24, 2016 09:32:30   #
Sorry for the double post.
Nov 24, 2016 09:24:17   #
Thanks for posting. I have been wanting to see examples.
Nov 24, 2016 08:38:43   #
Thanks for posting. I have wanted to see examples.
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