Should be easy. At least for european people.
Great shot! I don't know...is it Cologne?
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Should be easy. At least for european people.
Self portrait, from my Balconey.
IMG_1512 by TexPhoto, on Flickr
The other direction:
IMG_6870 by TexPhoto, on Flickr
North star, looks like Madison, WI from north side of lake Mendota. Been 90s since I was last there, don't recall such high buildings or such tall trees on the beach. Anyway that's my guess.
@Northstar, Looks like Brisbane Australia?
Please listen to neuroanatomist. I don't always agree with him but, when it comes to technical issues, the guy really knows his stuff.
I see three possibilities:
1. You have had numerous bad bodies over your career
2. You have not done AFMA correctly
3. You have an incorrect understanding of how Canon AF works, and your technique causes the problem
Bad bodies happen, but at a small rate. A simple probability calculation tells us that some random people will see more than one bad body; however, it's now time to consider the other two options. I work in computers (cameras are now computers) and I can tell you that when I find myself frustrated and wanting to scream "but it works for everyone else, why not for me...." that's my cue: I'm probably doing something wrong. When it comes to computers I'm really good at what I do, but I still make mistakes. You're a very good photographer, but you may be making mistakes.
Please see if there are other pros in your area who would work with you on AF technique, or search the web for all the info you can get. Do a bunch of careful test shots. At this point it's likely something you're doing.
I like your photos, and hope you can resolve this difficulty.
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A couple from recent events. These were from triathlons. Both shot with 5dm3 and 70-200L II. Top one, who can resist the feeling you get seeing this kid have the time of his life! I just love the colors some racers use in their equipment, and its just a nice shot.
Here's a cool Northern Saw Whet Owl I found doing an evil bushwack up on the Wasatch Front here by Salt Lake last weekend.
Canon T3i 70-200L f/4 IS - 1/25th, f/4, ISO 640
so only having a 70-200 you must have been pretty close, and he will have seen you.
So was he just sat still so as not to attract attention?
Great shot, great expression.
And what exactly is an "Evil Bushwack"?
Regarding AI Focus, you would think that with the word "focus" in the description that this setting would get you the best focus...but it surely doesn't...it's far and away the worst setting of the three.
It's really interesting when you think about it....you have this company that spends tens of thousands of hours of time and countless dollars developing and testing their product, and then they put a function in the product (ai focus in this case) that just doesn't work well. It makes you think, they must know right? And if they do know why do they do it? Marketing a camera "feature" is the only answer I can come up with.
I'm pretty sure they do know. On 1-series bodies, the only options are One Shot and AI Servo.
Regarding AF mode...you wrote that you primarily use Al focus. There are many people that believe this is the worst AF mode to use, and that using it results in far too many oof shots.
I leave my 5d3 on al servo because I shoot a lot of moving subjects, and then I switch to one shot with stationary subjects.
I thank you all for your good advice, and a special thank to Northstar for your brilliant advice on not to use the AI Focus. While I still love my Siggy 85 1.4, I have now borrowed the 85L II for a month, and after shooting with One Shot, instead of AI Focus, the keeper rate have had an exponential growth. Here is one I took today of my eldest son with my 5D II and the 85L II (I have as you all see done nothing with the picture, except converting it to jpg and rezised it for web).
Without manually focusing, even on the 5D2 this would have been extremely difficult. But the 5D3 made it quite easy! She was moving quite fast. It's from a recent wedding we shot the other weekend. The flower girl on the swing set.
Flower Girl by Sandy Phimester, on Flickr
What a little cutie...nice shot. I was reading your comment on holding dof button down to switch from one shot to servo, I do this too but I wish you didn't have to hold it in. It would be nice if you could just push it once to switch, and push again to switch back....I wonder why they made it that way or am I missing something?
for me that would be like switching the focus from auto to off. If i forget i end up missing a few shots. Its a fail safe so you don't screw up a bunch of photos in my opinion. Large Aperture primes hunt a lot in servo mode if the subject isn't moving, its like it refuses to settle on the focus of the shot. This is all my cameras. Thats why i prefer to shoot servo on those rare occasions i am shooting movement like the bride and groom walking down the isle.