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What have I done wrong? I can't seem to get sharp night shoots. Here are 2 just taken 2 hours ago. Hopefully can get some good advise and try again tomorrow night before leaving Paris..

They were taken on a Mamiya AY703 tripod with 488RC2 ballhead so don't think tripod was the problem. I also used self-timer to minimize any vibration..

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D20017-55Tokina 12-24..

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Well the only thing that comes up to my mind is the aperture of the lens. I assume you used the tokina 12-24 and that lens is sharpest when stopped down to f/8. Try at least few pictures with f/8.Although I think they are sharp....

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Comment #1

I'm not sure you've done anything wrong. You could try a little sharpening but I'm not sure that's really necessary...

Comment #2

Acsmith wrote:.

I'm not sure you've done anything wrong. You could try a littlesharpening but I'm not sure that's really necessary..

25 years as a freelancer,(news,magazine, wedding photography) camera equip. over the years: Practica MLT, Canon A1, Minolta 9xi, 7xi, Dimage Z1,Fuji 5200,Canon S2,Pentax K100D,Olympus 380(see my Z1 shots athttp://www.photobucket.com ALBUM NAME: buckl the COMMUNITY album was done with the Z1, and most of the photos in the album:Other were w/the Z1)..

Comment #3

It looks like you guys are comfortable with their sharpness so far. Is it possible to get close to the sharpness I get from a bright day? Well not 100% zoom but at least 80% or am I asking too much?.

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Acsmith wrote:.

I'm not sure you've done anything wrong. You could try a littlesharpening but I'm not sure that's really necessary..

25 years as a freelancer,(news,magazine, wedding photography) cameraequip. over the years: Practica MLT, Canon A1, Minolta 9xi, 7xi,Dimage Z1,Fuji 5200,Canon S2,Pentax K100D,Olympus 380(see my Z1 shotsathttp://www.photobucket.com ALBUM NAME: buckl the COMMUNITY album wasdone with the Z1, and most of the photos in the album:Other werew/the Z1)..

Comment #4

I agree with Dejan.Stop down the lens. Extend the exposure.A member of the rabble in good standing...

Comment #5

Most of us are having a hard time seeing what your seeing or is causing your reactions. I'll try some explanations below and you can see if anything fits..

I'm speculating here but I think you're reacting to the quality of light. Sunlight is a point source and therefore delivers really high contrast lighting. This makes really fine detail such as texture very apparent particularly when the light is striking the surface at a pretty good angle. The flood lights in first photo, by comparison are a much larger source (function of distance) reducing the contrast and thus muting the texture, more akin to a cloudy day illumination..

That element and and one more are are affecting your second shot. You have actual light sources included within the image. These are point sources in this case are 1) are spread a bit because we're not dealing with the theoretical "perfect" lens, 2) those pixels are overloaded and affecting neighboring pixels, again blurring the image..

If you're really trying to simulate a daylight picture you'd have to shut off all the man-made light sources and photograph by moonlight, lengthening the exposure time appropriately. Of course you'd have to subtract out the sensor noise created by the long exposure...

Comment #6

Try CPL fiter, you will need even longer exposure, but result could be more impressive. CPL filter will reduce polarizing light that makes images look softer..

I reviewed your images at larger size they look good..

With wider lenses if all objects are far you are safe to use even f/4 when focus is set properly... this one was shot with f/9 for sharpness through DOF since light allowed it..

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Comment #7

You can try using focus magic on the pic. though the indicator show no real out of focus problems.your tower shot with focus magic..

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Comment #8

Timothy,.

Your image is absolutelly fine at Actual pixels. I'm sure..

When image is resized by brouzer of your PC, it looks softer. This is well known problem and should not be addressed. Your image will be perfect when printed without any sharpening..

However if you want to show perfect image over web, resize copy of image to the size when it will not be resized on monitor, apply some sharpening (I use 20% unsharp mask in photoshop). And then upload.http://www.stan-pustylnik.smugmug.com..

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