Tree with clouds

in a field.

Nice simple minimalistic landscape. Ideally, it could have done with a sheep, but we can't have everything.

View all photos taken: Saturday, 18th April 2009, This photo: 12:31pm

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  • [ Kane ] said:
    Hahhaha, classic mate, I can provide some sheep.
  • David de Groot said:
    I figured you might be able to ;-)
  • s.westhead (Simon) said:
    Wow. I love the colours
  • David de Groot said:
    Polariser FTW !! :)
  • looby88 said:
    blue, blue my sky is blue !
  • mitchell burns said:
    lol nice shot.. i got a question. when your doing big land scape shots, where do u focus ( on the horizon, i dunno lol?? ) n do u use auto focus or manual..?
  • David de Groot said:
    Indeed! Well except for thos puffy white things...
    Depends on what sort of landscape and when you're shooting it. If it's during the day, then yeah focus on the horizon and use a small enough aperture and you're good. If you have something in the foreground that's interesting, focus on that.
    If it's dark, manual focus is usually the best bet.
  • accesser said:
    I was trying to work out the same thing a while back (link) experiment and experiment some more I'm still getting it sorted
  • David de Groot said:
    True, if you want sharp across the whole frame and aren't shooting with an ultra-wide, manually focus on the hyperfocal point.
    See the DoF Calculator.
  • accesser said:
    I'll have to try this out and get my head around it
    Does the 5D have that DOF preview button my 40D does I never use it
  • David de Groot said:
    It does, but I rarely use it either. You get a feel for it after a while and really don't need a DoF preview.
  • mitchell burns said:
    ah OK thanks guys.. I'm kinda angry right now cause i was just in the paddock trying to shoot a little willy wag tail.. anyways my crap 3 point auto focus some times doesnt know what to focus on and it takes a while the time its finally is focused, the birds flown away , i was getting so angry... maby i should of manual focused... grrr... or just save my ass off for a d90 or d300 heheheh
  • accesser said:
    Can you do manual focus override while auto focus is on, When I have my 2X extender on the end of my 70-200 2.8 lens the 2X extender really kills the focus speed so I let it try and focus if it needs help I grab the focus ring and give it a helping hand, I had the same issues when I last attempted some bird shots
  • mitchell burns said:
    well i just tried that but i can , if its on auto focus it locks the focus ring ... :(
  • David de Groot said:
    Manual override is only available on lenses with an ultrasonic motor and usually only that that have a price tag > $500.
    3 point ? Wow, that's quite crippled by today's standards. I thought the 7 point system on the Canon 1000D was pretty slack.
    Having said that, I tend to only use the centre point (but I do enable focus point expansion, which enables the 6 hidden points around the centre for better movement tracking in Ai Servo mode).
    Best bet with slower consumer lenses is to whack it in manual focus mode, get your focus close and switch it over to Auto Focus mode for a minor tweak. Most lenses will lock on quickly if the focus is close already.
  • mitchell burns said:
    ah ok thanks david.. it is slack!! lol.. i will try that manual focus to auto focus thig tomorow.:)... hopfully it will work :) lol cheers for the info
  • meerkat woman said:
    This is awesome!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :) Looks like you've had (are having) a ball in India. Amazing place.
  • SkattyKat said:
    simplistic view - yet very beautiful
  • hari_kr said:
    magnificent shot ......... nice work ...... my friend
    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?²ˣ)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Kat, yep sure is, and the polariser works a treat (thus the rich blue sky).
    Thanks :)
  • -spam- said:
    Mkay, you sold me. Next pay check I am ordering a CPL. Dont care if its a cheapy hoya one, I need one...
  • David de Groot said:
    Yeah the cheapy Hoya has been good to me. I've carefully not tried the expensive Hoya or B+W ones, I don't need to know if this one isn't up to scratch ;-)
  • Mitch Lahey said:
    Very simple. The landscape is pure awesome, have to visit here sometime. Well done!
  • David de Groot said:
    Worth the drive out here on the right day. There's quite a bit to be seen and shoot if you've got a good eye.