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    Quote Originally Posted by W J Pearce View Post
    Not offended. I know exactly what you mean. It is also a matter of perspective... I'm not worried about printing. The computer screen is so much more forgiving, so something that would not work in print looks great. I liked the composure in that shot, and it looked fine on the screen, so I did the normal things and it worked out just fine. I was surprised at how rough it was at 100% when I looked at it today.

    By contrast, this one looks all right to me at 100% (not that I would want it at 100%). However, I was not moved by the shot, so I never tired anything.
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    The framing of the pic is awesome. It doesn't get any better. The spray bar water exit is awesome! It captures your eye, and draws you into the rest of the shot. That said, your second shot that does nothing for you, is great, but lacks any sense of excitement. Its technically great, but lacks, for a lack of a better way of putting it, pizazz. Its a nice sharp pic, on a blue sky background, and it lacks anything to really draw you in.

    I guess my obsession with perfection comes from comments made years ago, and after shooting for the EAA, (In 2018 and 2019 we raised the bar to the stratosphere in terms of quality shots) at Oshkosh, it just seems like settling for anything less is selling myself short. I know I can do it, I just didn't do it this year. Truth be told, so far I've found exactly one shot that was totally sharp and up to par for me. My static stuff on the other camera has been pretty good, but with the big lens, only 1 shot. I've had to rely on software to fix stuff, and I don't like that. That isn't good photography.

    Will

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    I'd also get that lens checked out and rejuvenated sooner rather than later. Other people seemed to get some good stuff even with the poor conditions, and you've been doing this long enough that a significant equipment issue seems really likely.

    Neal

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    Will -- I've been thinking about your situation. What do you think was a typical shutter speed for your pylon shots this year? Would your shutter speeds from your "best" Reno have been much different? I'm wondering if some of your issues might be from shooting at too low a shutter speed a lot of the time. If you're chasing prop circles and such much of the time and shooting slower than 1/125 you may well have sharpness issues from that. The vast majority of what I shoot is at 1/320 and as I really started to get older 1/500 for the classes with faster spinning props. Everybody's obviously different (my wife is a Tae Kwon Do black belt and is stunningly steady) but I cannot do pylon work at 1/125 or less and live with the results.

    I plucked a couple of shots from page 8 of this thread, and fiddled a bit. They lost things in the fiddling -- the Sparky shot really picked up artifacts but I'm looking at sharpness. It's hard to see what you're dissatisfied with here. You can easily read Miss A's N number, and see detail in Doc's helmet. They really look quite good to me.

    Neal
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  4. #144

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    Quote Originally Posted by wingman View Post
    Will -- I've been thinking about your situation. What do you think was a typical shutter speed for your pylon shots this year? Would your shutter speeds from your "best" Reno have been much different? I'm wondering if some of your issues might be from shooting at too low a shutter speed a lot of the time. If you're chasing prop circles and such much of the time and shooting slower than 1/125 you may well have sharpness issues from that. The vast majority of what I shoot is at 1/320 and as I really started to get older 1/500 for the classes with faster spinning props. Everybody's obviously different (my wife is a Tae Kwon Do black belt and is stunningly steady) but I cannot do pylon work at 1/125 or less and live with the results.

    I plucked a couple of shots from page 8 of this thread, and fiddled a bit. They lost things in the fiddling -- the Sparky shot really picked up artifacts but I'm looking at sharpness. It's hard to see what you're dissatisfied with here. You can easily read Miss A's N number, and see detail in Doc's helmet. They really look quite good to me.

    Neal
    I shot most of my stuff at 1/160, some 1/125. Those are two of the few decent pics that I got. When I get home I can post a couple average shots.

    Will

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    You should be OK -- That would be quite marginal for me, but you are young and should be steadier than me. You should be getting some good stuff. I more and more suspect equipment issues.

    Neal

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    Quote Originally Posted by W J Pearce View Post
    I like that one Will. Sorry Sam. As I eluded to earlier, I was in a foul-ish mood and I mostly stayed in my secret hideout. I'm not proud to admit it, but I only shot Sport and Unlimited Gold on Sunday. Eleven months to get my act together.
    Mr. Pearce,

    Biplane Gold was canceled on Sunday due to the wind. So if you would have pictures from Saturday's Biplane Heat 3A that would be the last Gold Heat.
    From Biplane Heat 3A from section H of the reserved bleachers.


    Last edited by kennsmithf2g; 10-10-2021 at 06:40 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wingman View Post
    You should be OK -- That would be quite marginal for me, but you are young and should be steadier than me. You should be getting some good stuff. I more and more suspect equipment issues.

    Neal
    Here is a good example of what I keep finding. Its almost there, but not anywhere near sharp enough to be a keeper. Most are less sharp than this as well.


    Here are a few decent shots.








    Will

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    May all your bent wings be F2G Corsairs!

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    Last edited by kennsmithf2g; 10-14-2021 at 08:40 PM.
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    From Monday's quals







    Last edited by kennsmithf2g; 10-16-2021 at 07:45 AM.
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