Old 03-09-2009, 11:37 PM   #1
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Am I on the right track here? This is a scaled down image but wanted some opinions. The image quality is lacking as well due to the fact I sized the image down and also lowered the quality for attachment purposes.

Here are my camera settings:

Shutter: 1/10
F Stop: 29
ISO: 400
Focal Length: 39mm

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Old 03-10-2009, 12:44 AM   #2
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Looks like your on the right track to me!


The sky is a bit blown out, looks like you slightly
over exposed. This happens sometimes when
you stop down to speeds such as 1/10th and
do not have a lens capable of stopping down
accordingly in which case a neutral density
filter is required. However, you set the ISO at
400. Any reason why? You will get a higher
quality image, especially if you crop or enlarge
when choosing a lower ISO which is relatively
easy to do when attempting a pan.

Try to find a location where there is a descent
background to blur to enhance the feel of speed.

Good luck,

Mitch

(BTW - 1/10th, that's impressive!)
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Besides the ISO 400 you are on the right track. I cant really improve on what Mitch said as they are all good suggestions. Dont drink caffeine before shooting maybe haha.
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Thanks for the help guys. I had the ISO cranked because the overall conditions were dark and the fog was just starting to lift. Next time I'll use ISO 100.

Thanks for the idea of using a better background Mitch. I'm sure that would make a positive difference in the photo.

Walter, it's probably a good thing I didn't over do the coffee today.
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I think if you are starting out you should try 1/20 to 1/30 - a lot easier to get a sharp shot. This one looks ok - actually, hard to tell given the scaling/quality.

1/10 is certainly doable but you will have a higher success rate with something a bit faster
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I think if you are starting out you should try 1/20 to 1/30 - a lot easier to get a sharp shot. This one looks ok - actually, hard to tell given the scaling/quality.

1/10 is certainly doable but you will have a higher success rate with something a bit faster
The train was actually moving too slow for that shutter speed. A shutter speed of 1/10 seemed to work. The train was preparing to stop at a signal. I thought that going to a slower shutter speed than 1/10 would cause more image blur so I stuck with that speed.
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