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D200 - What am I doing wrong - blurry? (2 images)
Hello folks. Not sure what to do (although I'm hoping Nikon School this weekend will help:) ).

Here are 3 (of many) pictures I took this weekend. They seem blurry to me?.

All were taken on a tripod. I did have the camera set to "A", and used a remote..

I don't doubt that a big part of my problems are not knowing what in hell I'm doing, but I thought the "Auto" setting would have taken over - were I would normally screwed up:(.

In any case here are 3 pictures I took, based on what you see, what were some of the things I did wrong? (aside from the fact they aren't very interesting photo's)?.

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I don't understand what you are concerned about. Is your monitor a problem?Nothing is enough for the man to whom nothing is enough...

Comment #1

They look reasonable to me as well although it is difficult to tell at the low resolution at which you have posted. Perhaps you could post a crop at 1:1 resolution..

Also, you seem to have removed the EXIF information from the file. It might be useful to know what aperture was used..

Was there any wind (doesn't look like it from the photos) and how stable is your tripod? Did you use Mirror Lock Up and how did you trigger the shutter: remote release, self timer or simple finger press?.

The spot in the sky in the third image is dust on the sensor. It can be removed very easily with the Heal tool in PhotoShop.Chris R..

Comment #2

I find all three interesting, and none of them appears "blurry" on my monitor..

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Comment #3

Chris R-UK wrote:{Snip}.

The spot in the sky in the third image is dust on the sensor. It canbe removed very easily with the Heal tool in PhotoShop.Chris R.

That's funny.....I thought that dust on the sensor was best removed with either a brush or blower ";^)A member of the rabble in good standing..

Comment #4

LM2 wrote:.

Chris R-UK wrote:{Snip}.

The spot in the sky in the third image is dust on the sensor. It canbe removed very easily with the Heal tool in PhotoShop.Chris R.

That's funny.....I thought that dust on the sensor was best removedwith either a brush or blower ";^)A member of the rabble in good standing.

Haven't you got one of those USB vacuum devices that can work as a PS plug-in?Chris R..

Comment #5

Hi folks..

**How do I take pictures and post them with the needed information (EXIF information)?.

A lot of good advise and questions..

Tripod - Manfrotto 3001BPro w/ Manfrotto Ball Head (486RC2).

As far as saying "A" Automatic - I mean the "A" in the Mode window. The camera is set to "P"..

The spot was a snow flake on the lens..

I Did NOT have the mirror lock up setting..

On the Barn shot:.

Shutter 1/180Aperture: f/7.1ISO: 100.

On the snow shot with the pole:.

Shutter: 1/125Aperture: f/5.6Exposure Bias: (?) 1.33ISO: 100.

On the Snow / Water shot:.

Shutter: 1/160Aperture: f/6.3Exposure Bias: 0.67ISO: 100..

Comment #6

The camera sharpening settings on the D200 (in fact most Nikon DSLRs) are quite conservative. Bump it up a notch to +1..

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Comment #7

I can't see anything in the exposure settings that would cause any problems. With these shutter speeds and your Manfrotto tripod there should be any kind of camera shake..

What is it in the images that makes them look blurry to you?.

Have you tried just sharpening a little in PhotoShop?Chris R..

Comment #8

They do not seem blurry at all. Perhaps it is your monitor. Have you tried seeing these pics on another monitor?..

Comment #9

At the size we're seeing they look fine..

Could it be you're simply falling into the usual trap ? .

DSLRs produce much softer output than P&S cameras. This is deliberate, because generally DSLR users ( who used to always be pros or enthusiasts ) want output they can refine themselves. Sharpening an image is a one way street and you cannot reverse the process, so it's better to get a relatively unsharpened image, is the theory..

When you view these images close up on a monitor ( at 100% for example ) they look blurry ( soft ). If you apply some USM sharpening with any graphics post processing tool they will sharpen up nicely..

If you are unsure I suggest you post a single crop at 100% so we can view it properly. State what you think is wrong with the crop..

StephenG.

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Comment #10

Most shots taken on good DSLRs are deliberately a little soft; this allows you to use the amount of sharpening you choose..

If you're not too familiar with sharpening (and it is important when you resize) you could Google for and download the 'Focus Magic' plug-in. I think it offers a free trial still..

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Comment #11

Is not telling us exactly what is wrong with these photos. You say they're blurry - nobody here seems to see that..

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Comment #12

I see no problems here. I LOVE the lake shot!!! Really nice!!!..

Comment #13

I agree with the comments above. Pictures out of DSLRs are naturally slightly soft - you can either turn up the 'in-camera' sharpening as part of the JPEG conversion, or do it yourself using the Unsharp Mask tool in Photoshop Elements (or whatever your software is). I was surprised how much difference it made when I started..

Nice pictures by the way. The lake picture is beautiful..

Best wishesMike..

Comment #14

Ncee wrote:.

All were taken on a tripod. I did have the camera set to "A", andused a remote..

If your lens has VR, when you use a tripod you should turn it OFF..

Pictures look fine to me as well. While it could be your monitor, it could also be your eyes..

I shoot JPEG with sharpening set at +2 high..

I am confused as to the mode you used. "A" showed in the mode window but you had the camera set for "P"?.

"A" stands for Aperture Priority..

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Comment #15

You say the spot in the barn shot is a snowflake on the lens - hope you're right but it's not the effect one would expect from something on the lens and it looks very like sensor dust..

I like your pictures very much and would hate to see you spoil some so I suggest you check for dust:.

Set the camera to a narrow aperture (eg f22), use manual focus and focus on something a few feet away. Then take a photo of the sky (ie at f22 with manual focus set at a few feet). Check the image for spots such as that in the barn shot..

Not sure about "blurry" - difficult to tell on reduced size images..

Sandy..

Comment #16

Hi, well you are right & it's dust on a sensor:( Now how do I get ride of it?.

Skip..

Comment #17

See pages 184 - 186 of the D200's user guide..

Usually, if the dust is loosely attached, a simple blow of air will do the job. I use a 3 blower brush with a removable brush, leaving just a squeezy rubber bulb with a nozzle. I've had to clean my sensor twice and it's worked fine both times.Best wishesMike..

Comment #18

A Rocket blower is what most people would recommend and wet sensor cleaning only if you have to..

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Comment #19

Looks nice here, have you check all your previous images if they are blurry as well now? bad monitor shows blurry icons as well..

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Tim'Be the change you wish to see in the world.' -Mahatma Gandhihttp://www.flickr.com/photos/timskis6/..

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