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10/20/2003 03:33:41 AM · #1
Okay I dont normally say Fall, I say Autumn, but Fall sounded better in the subject of the post :)

Yesterday I went out with my new 300D to test it and took a few Autumn photos. I tried not to just get normal photos of trees and stuff cos they can get boring after a while.

Never used a dSLR before so I expect I went a bit overboard with the DOF but I've never had so much to play with :)

All taken with 75-300mm f/4-5.6 USM Canon EF Lens.

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And here's a random photo that I took at the same time:

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10/20/2003 06:16:28 AM · #2
I wish I could play with DOF like that. My G-2 can`t do it and I feel that I am missing out on a lot of fun.
10/20/2003 06:40:23 AM · #3
Nicely done Ben, DOF is great for isolating a subject. At the risk of being a thread-jacker here are some of mine from the weekend (great minds think alike!)

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10/20/2003 07:49:56 AM · #4
I was out looking for Autumn shots aswell. I got some nice ones but cant post them here as I am not a fully paid member. :-(

Has anyone noticed that the 300D sometimes cant cope with a certain colour yellow when taking macro shots? I took a photo of a flower when I first bought the camera, and took a macro photo of the same flower different location, and it also went white. Unyet, other yellow flowers are fine.
10/20/2003 08:45:44 AM · #5
Originally posted by Konador:




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This is the best of the bunch. Great focus on that one leaf. The green background really helps to frame that leaf very well.

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The dark shadow in the center really distracts from the shot. The focus is ok but some of the focus is spread out toward the other leaves too.


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Always fun to try out new equipment.

Message edited by author 2003-10-20 08:49:10.
10/20/2003 08:48:30 AM · #6
Thanks for the comments, I'll keep them in mind for next time :)
10/20/2003 10:21:22 AM · #7
Originally posted by Konador:



Never used a dSLR before so I expect I went a bit overboard with the DOF but I've never had so much to play with :)


That takes a while to get to grips with - the hard part is working
out what appropriate DoF is rather than just 'really shallow' One
of these days I'll get the hang of that too. Does your camera
have a DoF preview - it can be really useful in appraising this, once
you start feeling you want to put some back in - though it is only really useful on a well lit subject (because the DoF preview closes
down the aperture)

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All taken with 75-300mm f/4-5.6 USM Canon EF Lens.

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I really like the first one - the yellowish background highlight really sets off the leaf - maybe slightly different composition would have helped remove the merger/ overlap with the foreground out of focus leaf though ?
10/20/2003 10:24:36 AM · #8
Originally posted by Lee31:

I was out looking for Autumn shots aswell. I got some nice ones but cant post them here as I am not a fully paid member. :-(

Has anyone noticed that the 300D sometimes cant cope with a certain colour yellow when taking macro shots? I took a photo of a flower when I first bought the camera, and took a macro photo of the same flower different location, and it also went white. Unyet, other yellow flowers are fine.


Did you have the camera set to do auto white balance ? It could well be 'compensating' for the colour in the flower. This is a good example of when you should use a custom white balance/ white reference card before the shot.

I took a picture of a green painted wooden door with my D60 in auto mode - it comes out grey.
10/20/2003 10:32:33 AM · #9
I do have a DOF preview button, but I can see DOF thru the VF without pressing it... so what does it actually do?
10/20/2003 10:40:43 AM · #10
The aperture on an SLR lens is always wide open when the mirror is down to keep the viewfinder as bright as possible. The DOF preview button allows you to stop the aperture down to the camera setting and approximate the greater DOF in the scene due to the smaller aperture. If you set the aperture to F22, for example, you can look down the lens barrel and see the aperture blades closing around each other when you press the button.

The hardest situations for me are portraits of two or more people where they all need to be in focus but I still want to blur the background. The A-DEP mode isn't usually very useful or predictable, despite being designed for this.

It takes some getting used to the lens you're working with in order to get good at approximating DOF at differing subject distances and apertures.

Message edited by author 2003-10-20 10:42:45.
10/20/2003 11:15:35 AM · #11
This weekend we had last chance to catch Autumn colors here in Illinois,by next week leaves will be gone!
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10/20/2003 12:51:07 PM · #12
Originally posted by Konador:

I do have a DOF preview button, but I can see DOF thru the VF without pressing it... so what does it actually do?


What you are seeing through the viewfinder is the DoF at the widest open aperture setting for your lens (or your lens at the particular zoom you are at for variable aperture zooms)

If you set the lens to something other than the widest aperture and use the DoF preview, the aperture stops down to show you through the viewfinder what the DoF will be.
10/20/2003 01:56:56 PM · #13
Originally posted by Gordon:

Originally posted by Lee31:

I was out looking for Autumn shots aswell. I got some nice ones but cant post them here as I am not a fully paid member. :-(

Has anyone noticed that the 300D sometimes cant cope with a certain colour yellow when taking macro shots? I took a photo of a flower when I first bought the camera, and took a macro photo of the same flower different location, and it also went white. Unyet, other yellow flowers are fine.


Did you have the camera set to do auto white balance ? It could well be 'compensating' for the colour in the flower. This is a good example of when you should use a custom white balance/ white reference card before the shot.

Yes I did, but can it be turned of in Macro mode, or do you have to do it all manually? Last time I tried to turn it off, I couldn't.

Thanks for the help, I will try it when I find the same flower!
10/21/2003 08:27:17 PM · #14
i broke down the other day as well, and shot some fall pics.
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Message edited by author 2003-10-21 20:28:50.
10/21/2003 08:29:40 PM · #15
i always seem to screw up posts at first.
10/21/2003 08:47:07 PM · #16
Beautiful fall pics everyone!!

Here are some of mine from 2 weekends ago. It was Applefest! =)
10/21/2003 08:59:43 PM · #17
Very good pictures irockstars. Makes me homesick for the midwest where I spent my youth. The one with the blue trailer is cool because the blue adds so much to the fall colors. Great clouds in the one with the come again sign. And you put the best one last, imho.
10/21/2003 09:09:06 PM · #18
Originally posted by coolhar:

Very good pictures irockstars. Makes me homesick for the midwest where I spent my youth. The one with the blue trailer is cool because the blue adds so much to the fall colors. Great clouds in the one with the come again sign. And you put the best one last, imho.



Yeah the last one had the best colors :) I put things in order I take them cause I'm an organizing fool.
The only thing I was disappointed with was the spec of dust from the windshield. Yeah, that's what I get for taking pics in the car ;)

10/21/2003 10:12:22 PM · #19
Here's one from last weekend

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