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Small fine, full size makes me have a sad face.
  1. John De Bord10-24-2014

    Your noise here? Don't even worry about it. Seriously, it's so incredibly minimal. You exposed it correctly and basically dead on the money. The only thing I can suggest would be to do a curves adjustment for contrast and other than that you are basically good to go. It's a dang nice shot.

  2. Rachael Alexandra10-04-2014

    Haha, +Alex Lapidus if it wanted a photo shoot it should have stayed off my shoulder :p He wasn't huge, maybe quarter sized. What he lacked in size he made up in speed lol Fast little critter indeed!

  3. Rachael Alexandra10-04-2014

    I take great offense to the noise above 500 lol In certain instances I go push it but its probably my biggest pet peeve.

    Point #4 I know I know this but I seem to keep forgetting. If I can try to keep that in mind it might help. Then I just have to make sure I have my tripod so I don't have to utilize a higher Iso.

    I've taken a couple nice pictures of a few birds but with my macro lens. I'm quite spoiled by sharper pictures, lol

    I do night sky as well as landscapes occasionally and I have canons 16-35 for that. Where the crop sensor fall short as well as the poor iso performance. It was given to me in the event I would ever have a full frame to use it on. However Ill do what I can in the mean time. ( which will be a very long time lol )

    I also have the 18-55 kit lense that came with my 350d. The lens I used on this picture was purchased at the same time. Its a canon lens as well as are the rest of my lenses.. I also have the 50mm 1.8, the kit lens that came with my 7d ( ?-135 I think, it escapes me at the moment) and my macro lens.

    I know I shouldn't have maxed out the zoom but I couldn't trample on the golf course and I dont like losing size to cropping lol I touched it up a little bit but not a whole lot more to make it preventable to my tastes.

    Thank you so much for your time, comments and advice I whole heartedlt appreciate it.

  4. Alex Lapidus10-03-2014

    The spider must have seen your comment about macro…

  5. Rachael Alexandra10-03-2014

    +Susan Wilkinson I am aware that I have a crop sensor and the pros and cons of such. I fancy Macro photography where the extra reach comes in handy. The noise though. I fervently wish to have a full frame camera for that and the ability to go truley wide. Like you mentioned. While I . ..sorry dropped the phone. Had a spider on me ill continue loo

  6. Susan Wilkinson10-03-2014

    +Rachael Alexandra My first comments are in regards to what you are wanting to photograph with that camera, the 7D. Not sure if you are aware (as some are not) that model is a crop sensor.  I have both a crop sensor body and a full frame body. I use the crop sensor body for photographing wildlife and birds. The crop sensor has a 1.6 smaller sensor, as compared to the full frame body. Think of a full frame sensor as being the equivalent of a 35 mm film camera. Because of the smaller size sensor, crop sensor cameras are inherently noisier than full frame cameras.  Most landscape photographers prefer to use a full frame camera for several reasons: 1. greater ISO range  2. less noise  3. greater field of view.

    These are my thoughts regarding the settings that you used:
    1. The ISO is within an acceptable range with that camera. The 7D tends to get a bit too noisy for my taste past an ISO of 800. (Therefore, crop sensor cameras are not very good in low light.)

    2. F/8 is an overall good aperture for most images.

    3. The focal length stated on the lens is correct if you are using it on a full frame camera. On the 7D, to find out the EFL (effective focal length) multiply the focal length by 1.6, the crop factor for all Canon crop sensor cameras . (So, for that lens, on the 7D, the EFL is actually 75 x 1.6 = 120 mm and 300 x 1.6 = 480 mm) The EFL of the lens, on the 7D,  is actually 120-480 mm.  

    4. The "rule of thumb" for reducing the amount of camera shake/motion blur, when shooting handheld, is 1/focal length or in this instance, 1/480. This means that the minimum shutter speed should be no less than 1/480 sec. I generally double it, even when using a lens that has image stabilization. If you are shooting with it mounted to a tripod, obviously the shutter speed can be much slower. At 1/400 sec you were very close to the minimum and did a fantastic job minimizing the shake/blur. 

    5. It has been my experience that most lenses tend to lose focus (get soft) at the maximum end of the focal length. As someone else suggested, I would try reducing the focal length to around 280 mm. 

    You said that you don't use the lens for shooting wildlife. Personally, with the 7D and the EFL of the lens, it is a good lens for general wildlife photography, if you should be so inclined to want to try shooting wildlife.

    If your interest is mostly in landscape photography, I would suggest using a lens with a smaller focal length. I have a few that I really like and bought specifically for use on my crop sensor body.  If you are wanting to capture wide angle shots, I recommend looking at the Tokina 11-16 mm, f/2.8 lens or the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM or the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM  or even the Canon EF-S 18-55 mm. f/3.5 -5.6 IS USM Remember the EFL is actually 1.6 x's the stated focal length!

    One other thing to keep in mind when considering a lens, is whether or not it designed specifically for a crop sensor. All of Canon's lenses that begin with the letters "EF-S" are specifically designed to fit a crop sensor camera. They are not made to fit a full frame body. Conversely, any lens that will fit on a full frame camera, will fit on a crop sensor. If you think that you may want to go with a full frame in the future, I suggest buying lenses that will fit the full frame, as they can be used on both the full and crop cameras. 

    Just out of curiosity, did you use a Tamron lens to take this shot? The reason I ask, is that I have the Tamron 75- 300 mm, f/2.8 lens. It has fantastic color reproduction but, in my opinion, (and it could just be my lens) the focus is a bit soft all the way through the lens. Mine also has a slight chromatic aberration, as well.

    Any way, those are my thoughts with regards to the camera, lens and settings. As far as the image goes, I think it is really beautiful! The colors and clarity are very good. Not sure if this is straight-of-the-camera or if you did any post-processing, but overall, it looks really good. Without going more in depth about RAW vs JPEG files and processing, etc., I think ya did a really nice job capturing the beautiful light and landscape!

    If you have any questions, feel free to ask. If I can answer them, I'll be more than happy to!
    Warmest Regards-
    Susan

  7. Lisa Thompson10-03-2014

    Greatest

  8. Rachael Alexandra10-03-2014

    Thanks +Alex Lapidus  I figured that's why it was slightly better at a lesser zoom :p

  9. Alex Lapidus10-02-2014

    What Valdis said. Definitely not user error. Sometimes with a zoom best not to use it at the extremes; even 280 vs. 300 might help slightly. Beautiful scene!

  10. Rachael Alexandra10-02-2014

    +Valdis Kletnieks Wow, well thank you for your asessment. It's not fabulous at 75 though a bet better butat full zoom its more or less like this. I don't recall ever dropping it but it could have happened it has been handled a bit roughly lol. The chromatic abberation is a feature of thos lens from the reviews I've read lol. I mean I generally know when its "my fault" lol This one I wasn't quite sure about. Sometimes when I'm in a hurry I get a case of stupid brain and do something obviously eye roll worthy, it happens lol

  11. Valdis Kletnieks10-02-2014

    Hmm.. Even zoomed in, looking at the tee flags and other small distinct objects shows that your cam was steady enough, not much motion blur.  Looking at the white tree trunks to the right, the two tee flag staffs, and whatever that small white object at the very bottom is, looks like there's some chromatic aberration going on.  The odd part is that everywhere it's visible, the red is biases up and to the left. Usually, if there's a problem with the lens design, the aberration will be circular and centered on picture center.  There's also general blur even at near-infinity.

    You say it's "old and beat up" – my suspicion is that it was dropped just a bit too hard, and one of the lens elements is ever so slightly out of alignment. If that's the case, there wasn't any user error in this picture, that may be very close to the technical limit of how well the lens can perform.

  12. Pam Boling10-02-2014

    I'd hike! One of these days, I'll make it back to your parts. Maybe we can go east together! I wanted to get to VT, NH and ME when I lived east but never made it. Still on my bucket list.

  13. Rachael Alexandra10-02-2014

    Down in the area we were at, a whole mess of people only live up here for the summer/fall then retreat to FL for the winter. Multi Million $ summer homes. Yeah, no riches here either with my 120$ zoom lens haha.

    We get a lot of leaf peepers but many people leave us out because you have to HIKE to get the good views. This one was at a golf course but most of it is full on trails. Can't drive, have to haul your 40lbs of camera gear + other stuff. People generally don't want to do that. They want to get out of their car at a scenic overlook and do it that way. Hence the lack of Fall meet ups in the area.

    I'm not even fit and I'll scramble down hills and shit ( I really don't like heights either ) . Most of the time the pictures aren't even worth it but at least I tried lol

  14. Pam Boling10-02-2014

    Ah, snow. I miss it! Then again, I'd be complaining come January if I still lived up north! I just need to figure out how to have two homes… live south in the winter, north in the summer. :-)
    Tell me again why we aren't rich!

  15. Rachael Alexandra10-02-2014

    Aww thanks Pam ! lol And here I am whining about how imperfect it is. Living here my whole life I kind of take it for granted :)  It's everywhere… it hasn't reached peak up here yet so we drove and hour or so south to the mountains. After this though, I get to look forward to 7 months of 20 below zero , grey skys, brown grass and dirty snow. It's a trade-off lol

  16. Pam Boling10-02-2014

    Oh… my… this is gorgeous!!! I envy you!! Wish I could see such beauty without having to drive for hours!

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