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    DefaultWhere did I go wrong?

    We went hiking this past weekend and of course I took a bunch of pictures. They are the WORST pictures I have ever taken!!! The colors look SICK, they are overexposed, or underexposed, and are ALL BLURRY (I've actually tried to sharpen these up a bit). The overall quality is HORRIBLE. Usually a certain percetage from a session are no good but out of 200 or so photos I don't like ANY of them. Where'd I go wrong? Did I have my settings messed up? Is something wrong with my camera?

    I always have issue when we are hiking because at times you are in dense woods so it is really dark and other times you are in a more open area and the sun is bright and blaring and other times yet it is a mixture of both. But I don't normally have THIS much trouble. It was a beautiful day, blue skies, beautiful colors, but also very sunny.

    Help!

    These are the best of the worst and they are all total crap!

    Examples:

    Camera: Sony DSC-H5
    Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/800)
    Aperture: f/3.5
    Focal Length: 10.6 mm
    ISO Speed: 200
    Exposure Bias: 0/10 EV
    Flash: Flash did not fire


    Camera: Sony DSC-H5
    Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)
    Aperture: f/3.5
    Focal Length: 6 mm
    ISO Speed: 200
    Exposure Bias: 0/10 EV
    Flash: Flash did not fire


    Camera: Sony DSC-H5
    Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)
    Aperture: f/3.5
    Focal Length: 6 mm
    ISO Speed: 200
    Exposure Bias: 0/10 EV
    Flash: Flash did not fire


    Camera: Sony DSC-H5
    Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/1000)
    Aperture: f/3.5
    Focal Length: 6 mm
    ISO Speed: 200
    Exposure Bias: 0/10 EV
    Flash: Flash did not fire


    Camera: Sony DSC-H5
    Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/1000)
    Aperture: f/3.5
    Focal Length: 6 mm
    ISO Speed: 400
    Exposure Bias: 0/10 EV
    Flash: Flash did not fire


    Camera: Sony DSC-H5
    Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)
    Aperture: f/3.5
    Focal Length: 30.3 mm
    ISO Speed: 200
    Exposure Bias: 0/10 EV
    Flash: Flash did not fire

    These last two are I guess the best two that I took....(and that is not saying much)

    Camera: Sony DSC-H5
    Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/800)
    Aperture: f/3.5
    Focal Length: 18 mm
    ISO Speed: 100
    Exposure Bias: 0/10 EV
    Flash: Flash did not fire


    Camera: Sony DSC-H5
    Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/1000)
    Aperture: f/3.5
    Focal Length: 6 mm
    ISO Speed: 200
    Exposure Bias: 0/10 EV
    Flash: Flash did not fire

    <br />[b]SEE MY FAVORITE JAKE PHOTOS HERE: [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/kathy1976/sets/72157600396116652/]http://www.flickr.com/photos/kathy1976/sets/72157600396116652/[/url

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    DefaultRe: Where did I go wrong?

    Maybe it's time to upgrade your camera to a DSLR...



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    DefaultRe: Where did I go wrong?

    lol, those things scare me!!!!

    Really though I've still got my eye on the Olympus Evolt E510.

    We are thinking of moving across the country in about 6 months though so I'm trying to not make any big purchases right now!!!!

    My Sony has always done a pretty good job. Do you really think that the camera is the problem? Do you see something wrong with my settings that I used?
    <br />[b]SEE MY FAVORITE JAKE PHOTOS HERE: [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/kathy1976/sets/72157600396116652/]http://www.flickr.com/photos/kathy1976/sets/72157600396116652/[/url

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    DefaultRe: Where did I go wrong?

    The first few photos are a little over-saturated with yellow... Other then that, they're fine.
    If you're noticing consistent white balance and exposure problems, then there might be a problem with your camera. I would try searching on the Sony Talk forum to see if other people are having the same problem or maybe even calling Sony support.

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    DefaultRe: Where did I go wrong?

    Well, I haven't had any problems up until this weekend so it hasn't been an ongoing problem for me. I took these last weekend and was very happy with the results:








    I guess I need to go out and take some more photos just around the house and see what I come up with - if they are fine then I guess I'll just chock it up to my bad ability at choosing proper settings!!
    <br />[b]SEE MY FAVORITE JAKE PHOTOS HERE: [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/kathy1976/sets/72157600396116652/]http://www.flickr.com/photos/kathy1976/sets/72157600396116652/[/url

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    DefaultRe: Where did I go wrong?

    Also, regarding there being too much yellow - do you see something about my settings that could be the cause of that?
    <br />[b]SEE MY FAVORITE JAKE PHOTOS HERE: [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/kathy1976/sets/72157600396116652/]http://www.flickr.com/photos/kathy1976/sets/72157600396116652/[/url

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    DefaultRe: Where did I go wrong?

    Have you tired a few on the auto setting and see what the camera does on it's own? There sure is a difference from one weekend to the next. Have you one by one checked all the settings? Once I was sick when I couldn't lock on a focus with my 70-200. When I checked things, I somehow had put it on manual focus. Hope you figure out the problem.

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    DefaultRe: Where did I go wrong?

    I did take a couple on auto and they were not that great either. Maybe I can upload some of them later so you can compare and see what you think!

    These manual shots look too yellow, but the auto shots look too blue (but they almost always look bluish, not just recently)

    I'm going to play around with it the next few days and see how I do.

    SLR Question:
    Usually when we hike I carry the camera with my neck strap. I find that I hold it most of the time both to keep it from swinging around and also I keep my hand cupped over the lens to protect it from branches (I have my lens cover with me but usually want it off so I can snap quick pictures while on the move). I need a good camera with manual settings and a good zoom but I'm afraid an SLR might be too big to carry on hikes. Plus don't you have to change the lens a lot? Like if I wanted to take a landscape shot one minute and then some close ups of wildflowers the next wouldn't I have to keep changing lenses... or not?
    <br />[b]SEE MY FAVORITE JAKE PHOTOS HERE: [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/kathy1976/sets/72157600396116652/]http://www.flickr.com/photos/kathy1976/sets/72157600396116652/[/url

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    DefaultRe: Where did I go wrong?

    I think I may know what at least part of your problem is. Looking at the EXIF data on this weekends pictures, the camera used an aperture of f/3.5 for all these landscapes. A landscape like these should use an aperture of at least f/7 and preferably f/11. A wide aperture like f/3.5 will give you a very narrow depth where everything is in focus. An aperture of f/7 or greater will give you a much large area where everything is in focus. Since it was a nice sunny day, an aperture of f/11 would have made everything from close up to distance very sharp. If you will notice in the pictures you posted from previously, these were mainly close ups. You didn't post the EXIF, but if the camera used an aperture of f/3.5 (which it looks like it did since you have a great bokah/DOF in the pictures) everything close up is sharp and crisp and the distance is nicely blurred. In the pictures taken this weekend, did you set the shutterspeed and aperture, or did you use one of the automatic settings? If you set them yourself, remember for landscapes you need to use an aperture over f/7 and a shutterspeed over 1/125 and preferably over 1/250. Use your ISO setting to get the SS where it needs to be after setting the aperture. If I have been taken these pictures, this is how I would have made my choices. First I would have looked at how sunny it was. Since it was very sunny out in the open, I would first have set my aperture at f/11 because I was shooting a landscape. Next I would have set my ISO at 100. Then I would have increased or decreased my SS until my exposure meter was centered. If my SS was less than 1/250, I would have changed my ISO to 200 and redone the SS. Hope this makes sense.


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    DefaultRe: Where did I go wrong?

    In wich direction was the sun of you ???

    Mostly i see such picture's if they are taken directly into the sun or similiar like that

    But as it already mentioned, it is time for you to upgrade to a DSLR ;D

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