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Old 11-10-2011, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Barrow, Alaska
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Originally Posted by EinsteinsGhost View Post
Actually, you don't need to go f/8 unless you want something closer to you in focus as well. A larger aperture like f/5.6, at 37mm focal length (35mm equivalent) will deliver similar results as f/8, if the focus is set at (at least) 16 ft away compared to (at least) 12 ft for f/8. In other words, with f/5.6, if focus is set at a point on the fence assumed to be 16 ft away, the DOF will extend from 8 ft (from the camera) to infinity. Wheras, with f/8, you would need to set the focus at least 12 ft away, and the DOF will extend from 6 ft to infinity (so you gain 2 ft towards you, compared to f/5.6).


You can accomplish an infinite DOF with f/5.6 as well, except that you must not r hyperfocal distance would increase with larger aperture. In case of f/5.6, you maintain the shutter speed but just need to set the focus at least 16 ft from the camera (and everything from about 8 ft to infinity can be expected to be sharp).
That's all true, but misses the point that the original question was whether the distant mountains could be sharper. If the discussion of a wider depth of field is intended to allow those mountains to be sharper there is the presumption that the plane of focus for that image was at less than the hyperfocal distance. Therefore the intent is not to include more of the foreground into the DOF, but to include more of the background.

If that's not what the point of your discussion is... then you're just needlessly confusing the OP with technical information that won't help him at all.

 
Old 11-10-2011, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Northglenn, CO
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Old 11-10-2011, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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That's all true, but misses the point that the original question was whether the distant mountains could be sharper. If the discussion of a wider depth of field is intended to allow those mountains to be sharper there is the presumption that the plane of focus for that image was at less than the hyperfocal distance. Therefore the intent is not to include more of the foreground into the DOF, but to include more of the background.
And you think it won't be possible with f/5.6 compared to f/8. I provided calculated numbers, about where the two would differ. If you've got a problem with that, bring it on. And in case you missed it, the difference will largely be on things closer to you, with the DOF extending from there to infinity. The picture I posted today (National Portrait Gallery, London) was taken using f/4.5 and still has a fairly deep DOF for that reason.

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If that's not what the point of your discussion is... then you're just needlessly confusing the OP with technical information that won't help him at all.
Please explain why technical information on hyperfocal distance won't help him or anybody else.
 
Old 11-10-2011, 09:46 AM
 
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Old 11-10-2011, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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Old 11-10-2011, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Barrow, Alaska
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And you think it won't be possible with f/5.6 compared to f/8. I provided calculated numbers, about where the two would differ. If you've got a problem with that, bring it on. And in case you missed it, the difference will largely be on things closer to you, with the DOF extending from there to infinity. The picture I posted today (National Portrait Gallery, London) was taken using f/4.5 and still has a fairly deep DOF for that reason.

Please explain why technical information on hyperfocal distance won't help him or anybody else.
You didn't pay attention to what was said though. DOF and hyperfocal distance is not going to remove blur caused by haze.

Never mind the fact that sharpening that particular image was detrimental to the artistic quality of the picture anyway.
 
Old 11-10-2011, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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You didn't pay attention to what was said though. DOF and hyperfocal distance is not going to remove blur caused by haze.
Duh, different issue. That doesn't make use of hyperfocal distance as a technique useless as you suggested.

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Never mind the fact that sharpening that particular image was detrimental to the artistic quality of the picture anyway.
Not necessarily. It is a good picture with blurred background and it would have been a good picture with an infinite DOF as well.
 
Old 11-10-2011, 08:19 PM
 
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Old 11-10-2011, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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^I can't rep you again but that is quite a picture!
 
Old 11-11-2011, 12:10 AM
 
Location: Barrow, Alaska
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Duh, different issue. That doesn't make use of hyperfocal distance as a technique useless as you suggested.
Sheesh. It does in that specific case. And clearly that is the only case I was referencing.
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Not necessarily. It is a good picture with blurred background and it would have been a good picture with an infinite DOF as well.
The stated point was and is that it would not be improved by making that background sharper, particularly from greater DOF.

Stop moving the goal posts and trying to use context changes to re-target of remarks others have made. It's not at all polite to do that.
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