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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 12:59 am 
Hey everyone,

This is my first post here. I'm a total amateur and after three years without taking any photos, have been reading a fair bit online and watching videos of instructionals. I seem to have confused myself on some concept and can't seem to get past it, so any help would be greatly appreciated.

I understand that high f-numbers are needed for landscapes. But I dont quite know where to focus. Lets say we are taking a picture of the grand canyon, and im at 20mm, and composed as i please...where to i point my AF crosshair? If i point it straight , won't it catch the furthest wall of the valley to auto-focus and render things closer to me blur?

I seem to have confused myself in my self-education effort. Any help setting this straight for me would be excellent.

Thanks in advance,

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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 1:08 am 

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Welcome to CL Ira,

Have a look at Gordon's tutorial in this site on landscapes. ... ield.shtml


Nikon D7000, Nikkor 80 - 400G, Nikkor 18- 200 VR II, f3.5-5.6.

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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 1:18 am 
Wow, that was a quick response, ty!

I have actually viewed that one, in fact its one of the many landscape tutorials ive read/watched online. I get what hes saying about adjusting the f. While re-watching the video just now, I am left with the same question...where is he focusing with his AF the it pointed at the river in the middle, or into the distance?

Im wondering if i've just confused myself.../cry

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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 2:58 am 

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Two options:

Focus 1/3rd of the way from the way in from the landscape scene

Or, do a series of tests before you go out in the field in which you start with taking pictures with the camera focused at infinity, then at 1000 meters, then 100 meters, then 10 meters, then 1 meter, and see the effect of focus for yourself. I think this would best done with the camera mounted on the tripod so you can concentrate on just varying the focus.

As macabre as it may be, a grave yard would good place to test this out, with all the headstones. Or an orchard with regular intervals of trees.

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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 4:42 am 
Awesome! I'll try just that!

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