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theres lots of space because its a desert! thats what i was trying to get across. i have hundreds of different pyramid photos, but this is sadly one of the more successful captures.

yeah i took lots of different shots, there are 1000 photos!  but alot of them are landscapes, and i was trying to experiment with different settings, wide/small apertures, tripod,mirror up, polarisers,and a nd grad , but im still generally disappointed with the results.  they were quite hard shots, big landscapes, sunny/steamy weather maybe the 24mm lens just wanst up to it, maybe i wasnt up to it , but i expected to get at least get lucky enough a few times! ive used photoshop and raw processers alot before so its not like im forgetting to process, 3 years ago i went to mexico with a 400d and a 50mm 1.8 and i came back with so many sharp good looking pictures, this time around it was a complete failure on my part!!!!  im very confused!


i should have added, i did use a cokin CPL on a lot of these shots including this one.

so you shouldnt take a photo at f10 for a landscape shot? 

heres an example, consider i was using a tripod, i think the picture, though i like th ecomposition , the results form the lens and camera are uninspring,    uneditied raw lightroom jpeg export , f10 iso 100  24mm.

i suppose it is the focus, i only used the centre point and recomposed, but so many the focus is off, i was in egypt so light wasnt a problem, and i was also trekking in uganda and the landscape shots just lack punch. the colours and contrast just seem a bit wrong. out of 1000 pictures and some extensive sharpening, there arnt that many im happy with!

id upload a few shots but frankly im embarresed. i feel a bit cheated out of money spent.  im gonna have to rent an expensive l lens and compare, but at the moment, im really disheartened.

i took my 6d on holiday with my 24mm 2.8 (non l) and my 100mm f2 (non l)  and the shots looked pretty good on the back of my camera. but after getting the raw files into light room, i am extremley disapointed with them, i expected a lot better shots than my old 400d , this is quite an investment for me, and to see the results so unimpressive is such a let down.

am i just being picky, for 2k worth of gear should i expect better than this? ive never been as dissapointed with a set of pictures than i am with these, it was my first proper foray with my new camera and although im no expert and i have taken some pleasing shots before with my old camera and the 50mm 1.8!

is it the camera or me?

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: What's that accessory in the picture?
« on: April 15, 2013, 03:18:23 PM »
funny how you never see foreigners riding public transport through the english countryside with a camera rig, documenting there adventures.

i watched an adventure type programme the other day, they were interviewing a carwash man from peru, they went into his life story, how long hed worked in his derelict littel carwash etc, i found it hilarious, would someone do the same in th e usa or uk? rather than travelling round the world to take photos, maybe i should just go down the local shops and take pictures of them instead.

Canon General / Re: Goodbye Cruel Canon
« on: April 12, 2013, 01:23:44 PM »
even though this is a bit of a joke post, it is not such a silly idea.   I mainly use photos for reference in paintings and other artistic pursuits, but if i am photographing a subject or a scene i really want to paint, i will always do a sketch, becuase my eye works differently to a camera, and no amount of technology is gonna beat me writing down the colours in the margin of a sketchbook that i see with my eye.

recently i saw the Lucien freud painting exhibition, and the angle of view created from looking is so much more complex than what a camera comes up with, becuase he is looking at things with all focal lengths at all times (or something arty like that) then transferring that information through his brain and out of his hand.

for me a painting will always beat a photo if executed by a good artist.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: mirror lock up
« on: March 17, 2013, 08:04:25 PM »
thanks for the replys

i just find it amazing its only now that ive realised MLU is almost pointless for a lot of shots, i get what your saying that you might aswell do it just in case, but nowhere ive read in all the tutorials/magazine article or youtube videos says that MLU is only relevant for certain focal lengths etc,  and its even more amazing that this live view thing isnt more widely talked about.

thanks again

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: mirror lock up
« on: March 17, 2013, 07:58:01 PM »

If it's APS with an 85mm lens shooting something close to the camera then I'm not surprised there's no camera shake without MLU

how does an object close to a camera induce the camera to shake?


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: mirror lock up
« on: March 17, 2013, 05:59:16 PM »
youve missed my point, IN ESSENCE i wrote, i understand that that mirror lock up is different to IS but they are both trying to make your images sharper, or with less blur! 

people are saying the dangers are for shutter speeds of 1/4 to 1/35 of a second, but in my tests within those times, it made no difference.

im just trying to find out what shutter speeds with what focal lengths its worth using it for, which i guess ill have to just individually test for each of my lenses and different shutter speeds, as everything im reading or hearing is just contradicting each other!  but so far with my 85 and below focal lengths it seems irrelevant for any shutter speed.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: mirror lock up
« on: March 17, 2013, 04:25:21 PM »
so it seems that mirror lock up is in essence just a form of IS for fairly long focal lengths when locked off?

i always thought it would be good practice for landscapes , to help achieve best sharpness, but it seems, its almost irrelevant for that from what im reading,my unscientific tests seem to point towards that for a 50 85 24 focal length for around 1/4 to 1/40 sec  so far.

definitely gonna use the live view trick, i think everyone should know about that!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: mirror lock up
« on: March 16, 2013, 07:32:48 PM »
What shutter speeds did you use?  A lot of people think the benefit is with 'long' exposures, but not really.  Fast and slow shutter speeds really don't benefit from MLU, whereas between around 1/20 and 0.5 s you should see a benefit.

MLU + EFC is even better. See: for examples.

ok thats amazing!

so if i got this right, just switch into live view mode?

i did a quick test, same scenario and the difference is amazing, very noticeable !  1.normal remote shutter  2.remote shutter +live view

the live view version is miles cleaner at 100% crop.

again i tired the same shot one with mirror up ,then one down, no difference!

I guess all the pros know about this, but for me this is a revelation ! only problem is the drain on batter from live view!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: mirror lock up
« on: March 16, 2013, 07:03:47 PM »
I found that the tripod weight was more important than mirror lockup. I have a pair of tripods.... the old heavy one moves a lot less than the new lightweight one.... but hang a weight off of the lightweight tripod and it gets very steady. I have a eyelet in the bottom of the central collumn that I attach to the camera bag with a length of light rope.... makes the setup much more stable.

surely if it was a bit windy your bag would be swaying all over the place?   my tripods pretty sturdy and there was no hint of wind in my room or shake on my floor!

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