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  1. #11
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    I am starting to understand now.

    Thanks again
    Frank
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  2. #12
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    When you're going into a known but challenging situation as you were with the recital, it really helps to have clear idea of the problems and have a plan to resolve them. Next time you'll be better prepared, I'm sure, and remember that stage lighting tends to be pretty constant unless they are turning spots on and off and/or you change your position. That means you can be confident of using (M)anual exposure mode whilst using the VF to keep your eye on the exposure level.

    If it were me, and assuming that the conditions are similar, I would choose f1.7 and iso200 which would mean ˝stop underexposure.
    The reason is that iso100 is the base sensitivity for the A100 (iso200 for the A700), so at iso200 you are already pushing the sensitivity by a factor of 2.
    If the VF needle goes more than ˝stop over, switch to f2 but ignore underexposure and correct for it in your RAW converter.

    As to lens sharpness, the 50mm f1.7 has soft borders wide open but you are cropping these pics quite a bit so that doesn't really matter. The centre performance is very good (mtf 1900) even wide open see graph....

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    I've also shown the 50mm f1.4 (Sony or Minolta) and you can see that it would be a great performer in this situation.

  3. #13
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    Lightbulb Indooor shoots ... w/ a dark lens

    Okay, Frank ...

    I decided to push the limit, too ... at Navy Pier, Chicago. At the very end of the pier, is the Grand Auditorium. Lake Forest held its MBA Commencement ceremonies and it was really quite nice.

    So, from the south entrance, I took an image of the huge auditorium with the darker SIGMA 12-24mm f/4-5.6

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    EXIF: SONY α850 w/ SIGMA 12-24mm f/4-5.6 DG EX HSM
    @ 12mm - f/4.5 - 1/40 sec - ISO-800 - M

    I went for the exaggerated curvature, just for the fun of it ... took some out with PS DISTORT and made some other image adjustments ... but, I think it demonstrates that you can use a dark lens in these environments and still render an "entertaining" looking shot.

    I went for a handheld HDR of the same thing ... just to see how it would play ...

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    Of course, all those people moving make for a funky looking shot.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 06-27-2010 at 09:33 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
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    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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  4. #14
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    some serious CA

  5. #15
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    Thumbs up Two Valedictorians!

    This class had two 4.0 students ... it was amazing. They made a "joint" valedictory speech.

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    EXIF: SONY α850 w/ TAMRON SP AF 200-500mm f/5-6.3 Di LD
    @ 360mm - f/6.3 - 1/60 sec. - ISO-1600 - Handheld - M - Subj Dist: 150 feet
    Last edited by DonSchap; 06-27-2010 at 09:39 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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  6. #16
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    Nice job on these. The second one is great.

    Frank
    Sony A77
    Sony A580
    Sony A 100
    Maxxum 400si.
    Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
    Minolta AF 35-70
    Minolta AF 50 f/1.7
    Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Di LD
    Tamron 60mm Macro
    Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
    Tamron 2x Converter
    Sony HVL-F42AM
    Quantaray 70-300 4.5-5.6 Macro
    Slingshot 200 Bag



    http://www.flickr.com/photos/22083244@N06/

    http://s305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/

  7. #17
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    Don,

    Great shot of a very interesting venue. However, I would say that your HDR version could have used some post-HDR contrast ...
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    The HDR process tends to really flaten out the images. Adding contrast back into HDR images really helps.
    Darin Wessel
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