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Registered: September 2009
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Still dreary, but at least a little action today on the home front. I shot this in flexible P mode, and set my Aperture at f13, which gave me a shutter speed of only 1/40. (Hand held.) That's kinda slow, but seems like the detail and sharpness is ok. How does it look on your screen? And what range of F stops do you generally try to use when doing landscapes, to maintain adequate dof? I'm finding that these large format pics are different to process than small ones. For instance, seems like I need to be very careful not to over-sharpen the tree branches. All comments appreciated! Pat
· Date: Tue November 24, 2009 · Views: 720 · Tags: 1 ·
Keywords: combine corn field farm barn
Camera Make / Model: Nikon D90
Lens Make / Focal Length: Nikkor 70-300 VR @ 70 focal length
State / County / Area Image Taken: Millington, MI
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United States of America
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Registered: January 2009
Posts: 175
Tue November 24, 2009 8:51pm

Yes it was a slow shutter-speed but that is where VR comes in to play,with out it you would have needed steady hands.If you go to say 1/1000 VR is not necessary.At f/13 and a slow shutter speed a tripod would be a better bet.I feel in this shot the barn is under exposed slightly but you have such a big dynamic range ie: barn is dark red and it's roof is white that you would have struggled a little not to blow the highlights.I set my in camera sharpening to 0 and then add it in P/P. Because of the bad light upping the ISO would have upped the shutter-speed. I would have probably shot this at f/10. Hope this helps Pat
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Registered: September 2009
Tue November 24, 2009 9:21pm

Now I really know that I haven't a clue what Mick just said. I think it is a nice photo what causes me a question is the size of the combine in relation to the barn. If carn is 6+ feet tall the the combine is only 8 ft tall and the ones we use here are hugh. Is this a model that I am not familiar with?
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Registered: November 2008
Posts: 157
Tue November 24, 2009 10:21pm

Hello there

I see your getting very busy with your new toy then and trying different styles. I am affraid I cant answer your question as I use a canon so the settings and buttons are all going to be different. I note mick said about using a tripod another suggestion if your not upto lugging one about would be to use a beanbag or rest the cam on a fence post or such like when required.

Composition here is good in my opinion with nice detail and again good colours.

thank you for posting
kind regards Helen

Registered: November 2009
Tue November 24, 2009 10:43pm

There is always going to be after the fact. Mick says F10, hey which is fine he’s cool but right. Just be lucky you pulled it off Pat and the product came out fine. Though sometimes you don’t have a chance to make that shutter or F stop change. So you could set yourself up first thing with these settings. I sell my soul even if I could take this at 1/500th of a second...Carl

Registered: November 2009
Wed November 25, 2009 1:25am

Hi Pat, For me, Mick's comment makes a lot of sense. Good composition and nice colors. (I specially like the color of the barn). I must say that I am also intrigued by the size of the combine machine which seems a little bit small. (I crossed one last sunday that was so large that we were barely able to fit on the same road).

Registered: June 2009
Posts: 22
Wed November 25, 2009 11:17am

Hi Pat - well congrtas on your new purchase! Nicely composed shot, Micks reply seems spot on. For me my aperture depends how much light there is (if I have no tripod) I'd start at say F16 if the sutterspeed is then too slow for hand held stop down until the you can acheive good results hand held, I would have also uped the ISO slightly to get a faster shutter speed - I think you've done great here for 1/40 - I would have needed a tripod but am very rarley without it!
Well done

Registered: September 2009
Wed November 25, 2009 12:53pm

Thanks for the good advice everyone. As for the combine, it actually is a huge machine, but maybe due to compression from the zoom lens, appears smaller in this pic.

Registered: November 2008
Posts: 860
Wed November 25, 2009 1:18pm

Pat, Hi:

This is a beautiful fall Harvest image. Really like the detail of colors and the many things to see in the image. The combine is big - but - compared to the ones being refererd to in the gentleman's guestion it is little. By that I mean this combine, was not born yesterday, it is old - been shedded and very well cared for. It is in marvelous condition. It is a 2 row combine, meaning it is cutting 2 rows at a time. The ones being referred to are 8 or 12 or 16 and maybe even 24 row machines. The barn is big in reference to this machine - but - that is the way barns were build in your part of our world. Large barns were necessary for the long and hard winters - for storing hay for the livestock and for the livestock the farmer had to care for in the winter.

Again a very beautiful and distinctly colored fall harvest image, Really neat.


Registered: September 2009
Wed November 25, 2009 1:26pm

Wow Larry - you really know your stuff. I'm glad someone has cleared up the 'combine size' issue. It was so interesting to read your notes. Thanks much!

Registered: November 2008
Posts: 2,805
Thu November 26, 2009 8:12am

Trust Larry to supply all the answers Pat and I mean that in the nicest way. Corn is a crop not widely grown in Australia so I find this interesting. Lovely colour and detail and well composed.

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,659
Thu November 26, 2009 8:23pm

Sharp and colourful considering the dull weather. Be careful of the red saturation though.

Registered: February 2009
Thu November 26, 2009 8:54pm

I have done the corn ,grain,barley.oats etc.Now I just like to look at the photo's of it being done.
good reminder

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