Old 02-20-2009, 04:14 PM   #1
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On my monitor at work, pretty much everything behind the front coupler looks soft. The work equipment also seems to have a generalized unsharpness that looks a little like heat-shimmer. Was this a long telephoto shot, or is it heavily cropped by chance?

I like the framing with the signal bridge, though a little more crop on the right side might help the composition a little.

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On my monitor at work, pretty much everything behind the front coupler looks soft. The work equipment also seems to have a generalized unsharpness that looks a little like heat-shimmer. Was this a long telephoto shot, or is it heavily cropped by chance?

I like the framing with the signal bridge, though a little more crop on the right side might help the composition a little.

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Thanks Mike. This was taken with a 300mm zoom. The only problem with the shot that might effect so far to my knowledge is that this was taken about 1230 PM. So High Sun may have affected it.
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Thanks Mike. This was taken with a 300mm zoom. The only problem with the shot that might effect so far to my knowledge is that this was taken about 1230 PM. So High Sun may have affected it.
The high sun's not an issue in that shot but the heat distortion certainly is. Nothing you can do about that in post processing I'm afraid. Too bad, it's an interesting shot.
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The high sun's not an issue in that shot but the heat distortion certainly is. Nothing you can do about that in post processing I'm afraid. Too bad, it's an interesting shot.
Thanks, I'm down at this location about once every two months, so I guess I can get some more shots from here next time I'm down here.

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Nothing you can do about that in post processing I'm afraid. Too bad, it's an interesting shot.
Wouldn't screener have given blurry rejection instead of undersharpened if he had thought this? IMO Unsharp Mask could do the job...
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Wouldn't screener have given blurry rejection instead of undersharpened if he had thought this? IMO Unsharp Mask could do the job...
Screeners pick reasons quickly, and it stands to reason that the image is soft because of heat distortion which gives an overall blurry effect.

Regardless, I don't think USM would do anything for this shot...
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Not to mention the image was taken with a Kodak Z712, P&S similar to my previous one. Almost all of my shots with my Z812, came out pretty soft.

Ahh, I'm glad I switched over to an SLR.

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Yes, the wonders of the old P+S. So glad I use Nikon D40 now. I think this may have been my last train shot with a P+S actually.

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Not to mention the image was taken with a Kodak Z712, P&S similar to my previous one. Almost all of my shots with my Z812, came out pretty soft.

Ahh, I'm glad I switched over to an SLR.

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No, had the screener really been on top of things, they would have rejected it for "heat distortion," which is a rejection I've had the privilege of earning a couple of times.

Doesn't matter a whole lot though, the result would have been the same, blurry, soft, or otherwise
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No, had the screener really been on top of things, they would have rejected it for "heat distortion," which is a rejection I've had the privilege of earning a couple of times.

Doesn't matter a whole lot though, the result would have been the same, blurry, soft, or otherwise
A heat distortion rejection? Hmm, that's neat, I've never heard of that one, but it seems like a logical rejection. I usually get the infamous "high sun" or sometimes poor image quality during the summer months. I guess my telephoto won't get too much use this summer, unfortunely.

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