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  1. My third serious attempt at Astrophotography. Professional I am not, and a lot of learning still to be done, and practice makes perfect...or so they say.
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    Wildlife

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    Image Sharpness

    Thanks for the input Parker. I will investigate the anti-aliasing filter, maybe this is why my images are softer. Unfortunately, I cant upgrade my camera unless I win lotto Have a great day.
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    Image Sharpness

    Hi Parker, I shoot with a Pentax K5 (purchased new), 2nd body is my Pentax K100d ( purchased new), both camera bodies came with new kit lenses - 18-55mm and 18-50mm. The only lens I purchased new was my Sigma 10-20mm. All other lenses were second hand: Sigma 28-80mm macro, Pentax 50mm, Sigma 70-210mm, Sigma 100-300mm. I mainly shoot with the Sigma 28-80mm - switching between macro function and normal, and this is the one I have the most problems with lack of image sharpness. Other lens most used is the 18-55 kit lens. ( I have just realised I should use my 50mm more often! )
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    Image Sharpness

    Hi Everyone, I would like to know if anyone else struggles with image focus / sharpness. I usually shoot very close up / macro, and animals, landscapes, nature etc and rarely do I get everything in the image perfect. I find there is one spot that is usually soft. I have read many forums and have looked at other photographers works and they are amazing. Where possible, I write (in a notebook) settings others have used and I try the same settings, and to me there is still softness in my images. I use a tripod, have the 2 sec timer, stick to the focal length x shutter speed, aperture mantra.... I rarely blame my equipment, however, all my lenses were purchased second hand ( extremely limited budget), and I am wondering if this could affect my image quality...or is it the operator missing crucial info / steps / settings. Maybe I am trying to push the Macro lens beyond its limits? When I shoot from a reasonable distance, the images seem fine. ie Miss Velvet in my album, Wildlife. Any advice is welcome. Have a great day Charmaine
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    Astro - failure

    I struggle with the late night / very early hours of the morning as well. I might have another go soonish.....maybe
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    Astro - failure

    Hi everyone.... I thought I would share my first attempt at Astrophotography.... I spent time online looking at beautiful captures and the camera settings used, and then I headed up to the local lookout. I set up the camera on the tripod, checked settings, and rechecked, and then set off the 2 sec timer ( to reduce camera shake). A few seconds into the shot, my tripod started to very slowly tip to one side. This image is the result. I like to call it my Astro Failure I haven't tried astrophotography since...
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