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caught!

Not very often I catch Laila and Syd-dawg sharing a space!

I love my 50mm, but find that I have a hard time with the focus when there's more than one subject. Any suggestions?
Give em both a cuddle!
November 25th, 2011  
Super cute little monkeys! I was reading a discussion thread on that the other day (I have the same issue with my 5omm) and someone suggested bringing up the f-stop. I see yours is at 2.5, so you obviously did, but maybe a bit more? Let me know if you get some results from that, because I'm interested to know myself.
November 25th, 2011  
I just checked some more awkward family portraits I did (yes, coming soon:) and the f-stop was at 4, and all of us seem to be in sharp focus, so that worked.
November 25th, 2011  
ohhhh this is cute! and coolio tag!
November 25th, 2011  
Very relaxing!
November 25th, 2011  
To get more DOF = more stuff in focus, you need to either increase f-value or increase distance between lens and subject. Extreme examples : Shooting stars can be done with minimal f-value due to ginormous distance and shooting a macro ladybug needs a high f-value due to subject being so close.

In this case I think f2.5 is not enough, f4 maybe...

@pwallis
November 25th, 2011  
@janmaki thanks Jani:) Now I want to go check the f-value on my ladybug shots. I think it was quite low.
November 25th, 2011  
I remember your other shot where you mentioned that one arrives and the other leaves... great that you caught them together!
November 25th, 2011  
Thanks guys! I wheeled aperture up and down and no matter what I did the focus wasn't right. They were about 5/6 feet away and this shot has a bit of a crop. Perhaps I was too far and spun right passed the right setting? I had to be quick...the cat was about to bail! @pwallis @janmaki
November 25th, 2011  
@aspada Thanks Amy...I now have proof that they get along :)
November 25th, 2011  
lol what a cute shot..and now you know for sure..! lol
November 25th, 2011  
cute photo, you want to increase the amount that is in focus (Depth of Field), you do this by increasing your f-stop. A good explanation is given by Fred Parker http://www.fredparker.com/ultexp1.htm he also includes a chart that gives you equivalences. A more technical explanation is on wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F-number an f-4 or f-5.6 is probably what you wanted
November 25th, 2011  
so do I! its a pain, but I love shooting low f stop to kill the background so I'll have to keep trying, could focus on syd and take the shot then focus on Laila and take the shot and combine in PS?
November 25th, 2011  
@chewyteeth that would be fantastic BUT I don't have a clue how to use PS and I'll probably never catch them on the chair at the same time while my camera is handy again!
I love the love f stop too, but it gets hard when you've got 2 people/pets in the shot! I have to get a shot of my kids to give out at Christmas and I'd like to have this figured out before I make them sit for me. Smiles will turn to scowls pretty fast if I keep saying One more...common, just ONE more! lol
November 25th, 2011  
@hjbenson Thanks for the links Harry...very interesting. I agree that I needed to be at about 4 but they were back lit and there wasn't much light in the room, so there was a low shutter speed and no tripod. So many things to factor in!
November 25th, 2011  
@shutterbugger hmmm, don't you have a favourite child? you could put them at the front and have the rest out of focus...just an idea. x ;-p
November 25th, 2011  
@chewyteeth LOL...don't open THAT can of worms!! geez
November 25th, 2011  
I really think f/2.5 would be fine for this shot, but I'm guessing that your shutter speed of 1/15 sec is what really caused the blur on this pic. Still cute though!
November 26th, 2011  
awww they're sweet! i bet they snuggle all the time when you're not looking!
November 26th, 2011  
Now thats cute! Great capture!
November 26th, 2011  
What good friends they look !!! Really sweet photo !
November 26th, 2011  
@onarom I think I was on aperture mode and it was trying to grab the light...I brought it up a bit so the shutter would be faster. I can't stand taking photos inside and this is why!!
November 26th, 2011  
Very cute!!
November 26th, 2011  
I've never seen these two so close.....I still don't believe it. :) Nice shot!
November 26th, 2011  
Wow, great capture.
November 26th, 2011  
Cute photo, your cat almost looks like a stuffed toy!
November 26th, 2011  
so cute!
November 26th, 2011  
Aww cute
November 26th, 2011  
Sorry to be a pain, but I like the cat in focus and the dog soft. Especially since the cat is looking so shocked. ;)
November 27th, 2011  
You can also change the ISO to 400 or 800 (your camera does well with noise reduction) in order to increase the speed. I think that would have done the trick for you. I usually start getting blurred photos at 1/60 sec with my 50mm. I think it's pretty impressive that you got this to be this sharp at 1/15 sec. You must have some steady hands!

Maybe you will get a nice flash to use in about a month or so :)
November 27th, 2011  
very cute capture
November 27th, 2011  
Sweet capture!
November 27th, 2011  
awww cute! those eyes are as big as saucers!
November 28th, 2011  
awww haha what a great capture! This is definitely something work framing. You captured some really lovely light too!
November 29th, 2011  
so adorable!! great idea with the black and white contrast!
December 1st, 2011  
Love love love this!! I love the intense look in Laila's eyes, and the super cuteness of little Syd. Such a perfect composition. :)
February 8th, 2012  
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