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  1. #31
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    excellent job. very nicely done.
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  2. #32
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    Wow, that's nice! Sorta what I had in mind too. Great job indeed!
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  3. #33
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    Uncle, thanks alot for your input. I certainly agree here that the picture looks better this way, and that it does need to be cleaned.

    Concerning the detail in the background, I shot most of them at an aperture of 22, which would explain the background sharpness. Also, I was wondering why the bike was slightly more out of focus on some shots, perhaps I didn't auto focus correctly (I should be using manual focus at night anyways).

    And I'll get onto my friend about cleaning the bike up.

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  4. #34
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    Hey Matt.

    I'm glad you like it, and I'm happy you didn't take offense I edited it sans your permission.

    I want to start off by reiterating that you did an excellent job, and you certainly have the photographer's eye. Your Flickr speaks for itself, and when it comes down to it, pictures in our hobby/field atre definitely worth thousands of words.

    Assuming you're using the lens in your sig, F22 might be causing more of a problem than you think. I know your intention is sharp as blades IQ, but I'm guessing in the shoot's situation, a) a tripod was necessary, and b) your shutter speeds must've been through the roof. F22 is really pushing the kit lens, and you're in the diffraction zone. High F-stops are great for massive landscapes and wide shots, but the lens and overall stability really needs to be up to snuff.

    I'd reshoot with F8-F11 (sweet spot for the kit, and most lenses for that matter), and that'll give you the sharpness for the main subject (the gixxer) and blur out the background. The seperation between bike and background is ample in your pics, but F22 swallowed it up.

    I look forward to more of your work!
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  5. #35
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    Yeah shooting at F22 was giving me 30" exposures. I see what the issue is now, I'll try experimenting with F8-F11 next time I shoot at night and I'll post up the results. Thanks for the tips.

    -Matt
    Nikon D40x
    - Nikkor ED 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II

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