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Rod Mailhot Aldergrove BC Canadawhen taking outdoor pic's they always have this whiteish haze,I am almost always using my teleconverter..

Comments (21)

In order to help we are going to need more information and possibly post a sample of exactly what you are talking about..

Stevehttp://vette74.smugmug.com..

Comment #1

Since you didn't offer anything else, I can only assume you are shooting into glare. Stop it and you'll see an improvement...

Comment #2

Rod Mailhot Aldergrove BC Canada.

Sorry I don't know how to post a picture in a message , and I'm not shotting in to thesun. I don't know if it's a white balance problem or possible over exposed.have you ever had this kind of problem..

Comment #3

Rod Mailhot Aldergrove BC Canadathank you for your inteligent insight..

Comment #4

Rod0717 wrote:.

Rod Mailhot Aldergrove BC Canadasorry I don't know how to post a picture in a message , and I'm notshotting in to thesun..

You don't have to be shooting 'into' the sun to be shooting into the glare of the sun. The glare of the sun encompases a full 180 degrees of the landscape. It can be 90 degrees off to your side and you're still shooting at glare..

Unfortunately without pictures we really can't say for certain what's causing your problem. Did you try taking the teleconverter off and see if that makes a differnec.e.

White balance won't cause haze. Overexposure causes blowout, but not haze...

Comment #5

Sorry I just tried again to patse a picture in here ..still didn't work'.

The whole picture seens to have a white hase over it. i'am going to try my polerizer.

It just seems all my outdoor pic's look the same. I see other post in here a they always seem vibrant and crisp. I was hoping it was somthing simple. I am alwaysawhere of the position of the sun, the 90 degree thing is possibly the problem.My sun shade won't fit on the teleconverter...

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Rod0717 wrote:.

Sorry I just tried again to patse a picture in here ..still didn'twork'the whole picture seens to have a white hase over it. i'am goingto try my polerizerIt just seems all my outdoor pic's look the same. I see other post inhere a they always seem vibrant and crisp. I was hoping it wassomthing simple. I am alwaysawhere of the position of the sun, the 90 degree thing is possiblythe problem.My sun shade won't fit on the teleconverter..

Do you get white haze when you do not use the teleconverter?.

Sun shades do not go on teleconvertersphotoman..

Comment #7

Rod0717 wrote:.

Sorry I just tried again to patse a picture in here ..still didn'twork'the whole picture seens to have a white hase over it. i'am goingto try my polerizerIt just seems all my outdoor pic's look the same. I see other post inhere a they always seem vibrant and crisp. I was hoping it wassomthing simple. I am alwaysawhere of the position of the sun, the 90 degree thing is possiblythe problem.My sun shade won't fit on the teleconverter..

What is your camera?.

Photoman..

Comment #8

Rod Mailhot Aldergrove BC Canada.

I am usually taking pic's of birds, so I always use the tconI am going to try it with out the converter and check the results again .thanks to all Rod...

Comment #9

Let's try and get some kind of control back on this issue of yours...Don't stop shooting back-lit subjects - they can be really interesting.Do dial in some extra contrast via the menu options..

Don't burn out the highlights (you can always get some shadow detail back with post processing)..

If shooting in the mountains use a UV filter and also set higher contrast on your camera..

Use a lens hood to avoid flare degradation. If no hood use a tree or sometimes even a bag held in outstreched hand to stop the sun provided that the sun shade isn't in shot..

To post a photo here you'll need to upload it to a picture hosting site like Flikr.com (free) or PBase.com (not free). You then copy the URL and type.jpg at the end of it viz:http://www.pbase.com/johnfr/image/31709060but with the .jpg it becomes....

Image control:Zoom outZoom 100%Zoom inExpand AllOpen in new window.

John.Please visit me at:http://www.pbase.com/johnfr/backtothebridgehttp://www.pbase.com/johnfr/digital_dartmoor..

Comment #10

Do you shoot in an area with high humidity?.

Do you shoot in an area with pollution (smoke for example)?.

Is there a lot of pollen in the air?.

These things can cause a hazy picture..

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Comment #11

Make sure your lens & teleconverter are clean and free of fingerprints..

Stevehttp://vette74.smugmug.com..

Comment #12

I'm just starting myself but the pics look a bit overexposed to me and that can give a bit of a hazed look.http://flickr.com/photos/machz/..

Comment #13

I think you are overexposing a bit too. Also check your contrast settings. Not sure if you find this better, but lowering the levels a bit and boosting the contrast in photoshop (but akin to things you can do in camera):.

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Comment #14

I suggest that you look into seeing if a lens shade is available for your camera. Flare can flatten color. I did a informal test with and without a lens shade. Link here.http://vette74.smugmug.com/gallery/1653421#80856368.

Stevehttp://vette74.smugmug.com..

Comment #15

You can repair this in post processing using 'auto levels'. Of course repair is not the same as correct..

Try some exposure compensation..

The Panasonic forum can offer more advice..

StephenG.

Pentax K100DFuji S5200Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #16

Rod, it could be combination of things. The one that springs to my mind is that any superzoom lens used at it's extreme, with an additional attachment in the form of a teleconverter, is not going to give brilliant image quality. It is a common criticism of cheaper tele zooms that they produce 'soft' images (low contrast, low resolution, lacking 'punch') at the long extreme, especially at the widest apertures. The bigger the range of the zoom the worse this gets: there is a direct trade off between zoom range and image quality. Have a look at this lens review:.

Http://www.photozone.de/.../8Reviews/lenses/tamron_70300_456_pentax/index.htm.

- I know it's not your lens but it illustrates the general point. A teleconverter will degrade the image further..

Other likely factors, as others have pointed out, is that some of the pictures are a little overexposed (which will give a 'washed out' look) and there may also be some flare, depending where the sun was..

You can go some way towards fixing these issues using a program such as Photoshop Elements which will allow you to brighten/darken the picture, increase contrast, and even apply sharpening. (you can get a free one-month trial download from the Adbobe website). Ultimately though people who take the highest quality wildlife pics, of the sort you are attempting, use very expensive lenses for a good reason!.

Best wishesMike..

Comment #17

Hi Rod: In the Dpreview of this camera, it does list amongst it's cons Lens performance drops off slightly at long end of zoom range.This, combined with the observations from mike703 could well be the cruncher..

You do not state whether you use any enhancing software, and Im guessing possibly not. In which case, how about dropping the EV by -S and upping the in-camera contrast level by a notch. It just may give the extra punch you are looking for..

Looking at the one bear pic P1000389, this does enhance quite nicely with an auto-fix and white balance adjustment, but I do notice a milky-whiteness in the bottom left hand corner of this shot, not un-reminiscent of a thumb print! (Unless possibly it was foliage obscuration.)filibuster (Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, UK)http://picasaweb.google.com/scenic.filibusterhttp://www.pbase.com/filibuster..

Comment #18

It is normal what you are observing..

Usually there is haze in the air. With teleconverter you just accentuate it. Use the duplicate layer and blend using hard light in PS (play with the opacity parameter) or other graphic manipulation software. You will have a better photo.VictorBucuresti, Romaniahttp://s106.photobucket.com/albums/m268/victor_petcu/..

Comment #19

I have lots of things to try now , in camera and pp.thanks to all.<imgRod Mailhot Aldergrove BC Canada..

Comment #20

There could be a number of causes....

First, if the teleconverter is of a very low quality (ie: very cheap) it could be reducing contrast to the point it seems haze like.Second... ditto if really cheap lensDouble ditto if both lens and TC are cheap..

What distance are you from your subject? What is the focal length of the lens?Do you see a haze when you are out? Is it visible?.

Have you tried using a UV/Haze filter?.

Sorry, but without an example photo it is hard to determine exactly what is happening..

The greatest of mankind's criminals are those who delude themselves into thinking they have done 'the right thing.'- Rayna Butler..

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