Old 07-12-2010, 02:31 AM   #1
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Liked the sightlines on this, any tips or ideas?
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Old 07-12-2010, 02:40 AM   #2
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Make the focus point, and thus the focal point of the shot, the hand instead of the left edge of the control stand? Or make "dynamic brake" the focus point, or the label just to the left of the hand?
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I'm with Janusz on this one - the point of focus is on the wrong part of the image.

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That's what I was gonna say, but they beat me to it.
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Personally I don't care for the concept of the photo, but that's just a matter of personal taste.

However if you were to try it again, I'd recommend stopping the lens way down to try and get the whole frame in focus. Not just the hand or a portion of the control stand. I don't think the limited depth of field works here. But that's just my opinion!
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Different focus point and recrop. An almost square crop just doesn't work for me on this one.
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Do you have one without the hand? You say she's awaiting restoration. In that way, there doesn't need to be a hand in there. Also get the dynamic brake in focus.
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Agree on change the focus point. I don't know how much light you had to work with but going with a higher F-stop on the lens may have provided the depth of field that would have brought the shot together.
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Well if I re shoot I wont have the whole shot in focus, the point was to use the DOF, personally i like the way it looks. I will try to change the focus point though.
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see how the shot comes out by changing the Aperture to F11 or F12, keep that camera steady some how if a tripod can't fit because the shutter speed probably be 1/6 or 1/3 somewhere in there. Need some more depth of field. Give it another try.

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Well if I re shoot I wont have the whole shot in focus, the point was to use the DOF, personally i like the way it looks. I will try to change the focus point though.
Leave it the way it is Max. You say you like it the way it is... so leave it that way.
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see how the shot comes out by changing the Aperture to F11 or F12, keep that camera steady some how if a tripod can't fit because the shutter speed probably be 1/6 or 1/3 somewhere in there. Need some more depth of field. Give it another try.
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Agree on change the focus point. I don't know how much light you had to work with but going with a higher F-stop on the lens may have provided the depth of field that would have brought the shot together.
I don't think that the issue is that Max does not know how to set the camera to change the extent of DoF, as it was his intent to be very shallow. He does not want f/11.
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