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Daffodils

Yesterday, I finally had the opportunity to take out the new 5D Mark III out for it's big debut!

There's this church nearby that has a field full of daffodils, and they have a celebration each year when they bloom. We went out to the daffodil field with a couple of friends yesterday afternoon to take some photos of the kids in them. It really wasn't the ideal time for photos, as we were there around 3-4pm and there wasn't a cloud in the sky. I was having a hard time finding a spot without someone in the background, too, so I did a lot of standing around watching the others take photos of their kids. Not to mention, my children were NOT into getting their picture taken. The best shots I got were of my neighbor's little girls. They actually WANTED me to take a picture of them Wink

I think I finally have the camera's settings how I want them, though I may still play around with it a little more to get it where it feels right to me. It's A LOT heavier than what I'm used to, but that might work to my advantage with being able to steady it better with the extra weight. So far, I haven't put my 50mm on it, but have had the 24-105L, which adds quite a bit of weight. I need to get my "go-to" lens on there and take it for a spin.

I haven't had a chance to PP them all, but here are a few. I really need to figure out my focus. That's the biggest thing I've noticed so far. I don't like the beep the camera makes, so I have it turned off, and it doesn't flash at me when it's done focusing, so I'm afraid that I'm missing it because of that. When the focus is nailed, it's amazing! I just need to play around some more and get used to the change.

Here are a few that I have played around with so far.


866A0104-3web by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr

100% crop of the eyes!

100crop by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr

I'm thinking focus missed his face slightly on this one.

866A0096-3web by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr

Again, focus missed, and landed on their hands.

866A0118-3web by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr

I'm hoping that my focus issues aren't with the camera and is user error. If I'm still having troubles after a few days, I may try a focus test. I'm not sure if I have too high expectations or what, but I figured that it would be more precise than my XTi.

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Steph, they look fantastic to me. I love that 100% crop of the eyes, wow! I really love the one of Jackson; it's very sweet and great sharpness and colour. His face is just a bit dark to me.

Can't offer any help on the focusing, but these do look very sharp and good to me.

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What are your settings? Are you shooting one shot, AI servo? Have you figured out how to toggle? I know it the setting you can set it so that the red square flashes at you for focus. I haven't set it for back focus. When I get home tonight I will let you know what I have my camera set to.

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The pictures do look good, I think you know what you have to figure out with the camera.

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I did figure out how to get it to flash red after it focuses every time. It's easy to see indoors, but it's not as noticeable outdoors in the brighter light. I have it set to one shot AF, and I'm trying to figure out which is better for me between Spot AF or One Point AF. I've read that spot is best when you're taking a photo through a fence or something, but I'm going to have to experiment on which one I feel is better with the way I shoot. I also have it set to BBF. I've been trying to toggle more than I have in the past. It's definitely set up to where it's easier to do than with my XTi, so I may become a toggler after all. It should help with the focus, too. I just hope I can get faster with it.

I'm definitely noticing that the better the light, the better the sharpness.

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Looks like you got it figured out.

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I love the last two!!! Beautiful!!! Something is slightly off about their faces though, the color and/or focus, not sure.

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It's probably mostly the focus. It caught on their shirts in the last 2. Sad

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The last two are my favorites! I'm jealous of all the warm weather, we are sitting under 2-3 feet of snow and below freezing temps :/