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  1. #711
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    Red face The Flash!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rooz View Post
    apparently in the sony forum, Don is the ONLY one who is allowed to give critique. lol
    Nah ... have fun as you wish, we all come freely.

    Here's the "Red Blur" (aka "Smallville's Hero") ... this bird makes my head spin.

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    Question What do ya mean winter's over?

    Got this big fellow on Friday ... and the weather was nearly 70-degrees. Spring is trying real hard to show up ...


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    Quote Originally Posted by laydros View Post
    Hmm... I shoot an awful lot in A and S modes. A lot of the time I just don't have time to swap around much. I'm sure it helps that the A700 has two real wheels. I wonder how long until they put a third wheel on the high end cameras for ISO.

    I wish we had ISO range on the A300. I can't remember if the A700 has it or not, and I think either Canon or Nikon has it, but I don't remember which. Where you just dial in I am willing to go between ISO 200-800, and the camera handles the rest, instead of the Auto mode my camera has where its just 100-400.
    Jason, I'm not quite sure what you meant (I'm not sure about some of the other comment either), so in clarification as I see it.

    On the A700, ISO selection is by a button press on top of the camera and rotatation of a "Command" wheel. The front wheel changes ISO in full 100's (200, 400, 800....) and the rear wheel changes it in 1/3EV steps (200, 250, 320, 400.....). You can also use the Quick Menu Function.

    Auto ISO has a selectable lower limit of 200 or 400 and a selectable upper limit of 400, 800 or 1600.
    Although I don't use the autoiso setting myself (so far), I believe it selects the higher ISOs by broadly following the "reciprocal rule" for the focal length in use. I've heard it takes no account of SSS being on or off, which is odd if correct.

    Auto ISO is not available in Manual mode. How could it be?

    BTW, I invariably choose "A" or "P" mode with occasional use of Manual for specific occasions.

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    Although I don't use the autoiso setting myself (so far), I believe it selects the higher ISOs by broadly following the "reciprocal rule" for the focal length in use. I've heard it takes no account of SSS being on or off, which is odd if correct.
    this is a strange application of this feature. auto iso should in theory simply operate off the cameras meter by selecting the value needed to complete the correct exposure trinity. this sounds to be too much of a crippled system, (1600 max in auto is lame aswell), which is probably why you dont hear anyone using a sony talk about it.

    Auto ISO is not available in Manual mode. How could it be?
    it can be and should be. if i want to select the shutter speed and aperture i want to use for a photo in varied light conditions expecially, i set it to manual, select my shutter speed and aperture values and then ask the auto iso to bump up the iso only if i need it to. when you're shoting real quick and dont have alot of time to change settings, this is a key feature.
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    Don that's a great shot. I never seem to get great photos of Polar Bears. For one, it's too easy to overexpose when the sun is directly hitting them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rooz View Post
    ....it can be and should be. if i want to select the shutter speed and aperture i want to use for a photo in varied light conditions expecially, i set it to manual, select my shutter speed and aperture values and then ask the auto iso to bump up the iso only if i need it to. when you're shoting real quick and dont have alot of time to change settings, this is a key feature.
    Rooz, I may be being thick here, but I don't see it.
    If I'm in Manual mode it's because I have a specific reason for not wanting the camera to change the exposure.
    If the AutoIso is in operation it will change it, and that's not what I want.
    Right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Visual Reality View Post
    Don that's a great shot. I never seem to get great photos of Polar Bears. For one, it's too easy to overexpose when the sun is directly hitting them.
    I noted and made use of the shadows the surrounding trees were placing on his head. I took several shots, as he turned it back and forth. From those, I selected this one, having the most "natural" contrast. Rarely, can you get it all correct, in just one shot, and then just walk away. Digital Imaging offers you reasonably unlimited image recording, so you have the luxury of "getting it right", if you take a little more time during the shoot, rather than trifling with it, afterwards. Animals, as we all know, rarely do what you tell them. So, it is "luck of the draw", more often than not.

    Thanks for picking up on that, though. I figure a little more explanation was due because they are so hard to image, in the bright sun.
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    Question Homemade subject?

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    This wouldn't be a "Pinewood Derby" entry, would it? Somehow, those wheels look quite similarly spaced. Good use of DOF on this image.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonSchap View Post
    This wouldn't be a "Pinewood Derby" entry, would it? Somehow, those wheels look quite similarly spaced. Good use of DOF on this image.
    no, Its a solar power lawn ornament; its headlights and cab light up at night.

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