Re: Skyfall ACER ...........Sincere Thanks! I don't even pretend to understand ratings : - ) .......... This was a single shot, processed in Adobe Lightroom 4.4 then some sharpening in PS. If I remember rightly it was taken with a 14 - 24 mm Nikkor lens at F/5.6 ..........I don't tend to use HDR much these days because the RAW files of the D800 are huge and consequently takes too much time. Thanks again ..........Alf
Re: Skyfall ACER : _ ..........Lightroom is excellent I find it more user friendly than the dedicated Nikon RAW software. As for F/5.6 this is a fairly common aperture for me to use, which i find retains good image quality and sharpness, I do use F/ 8 ocassionaly depending on proximity of the foreground. But I have also used F/2.8 successfully for landscapes, again a lot depends on the composition. (Long exposures are another thing altogether but suffice to say the larger the aperture generally speaking the better the image quality)
Re: Skyfall A popular misconception. Not always the case and certainly I wouldn't consider using anything smaller than F8 for for normal landscapes, as quality does suffer. However Hyper focal distance does play an important part of achieveing front to back sharpness. These days it is relatively easy to calculate too, just upload a Hyper Focal calculator App to any android phone. They give a good insight into where you need to be focusing. After a while you tend to be able to judge the distances. by eye, though I hasten to add I still make mistakes ocassionly too.
Re: Skyfall Hi Alf, your a wealth of knowledge, I thought the same as Acer, so how does this Hyper focal distance work please. I'm not a mobile phone geek, so is there another way around this, as you know I'm always a willing learner. ATB TK
Re: Skyfall Hi TK .......The objective of using a Hyper Focal Calculator is to obtain the optimum focal point that will enable front to back sharpness with a better ratio of precision than the oft used method of focusing approx 1/3 into the scene you are about to shoot. (Though i must confess at using this methodology too) Usually there is a small amount of compromise that is deemed "acceptable" at either the front foreground or background. But you don't need a mobile phone you can easilly download a HFC from the internet. The factors that will have a bearing on Hyper Focal Distance are the Subject Distance, Aperture and Focal Length.Perhaps the best mnaual way to optimize your focusing distance is visually. Try first focusing on the most distant object within your scene, then manually adjust the focusing distance as close as possible while still retaining an acceptably sharp background. If your scene has distant objects near the horizon, then this focusing distance will closely approximate the hyperfocal distance. Alterantively download a HFC (Just type "Hyper Focal Distance Calculator" into your web browser)One other method of ensuring front to back sharpness is to use "Focus Stacking" I find this a bit laborious as it entails taking multiple images at slightly different focal points and then blending with specialist software. Hope this info helps! ...........Best Regards ....Alf