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April 20, 2013
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took camera out to have a practice tonight to see if i could focus on a subject and make the background blurry so making main focus the subject if you get me , but i could not do it , i must be doing something wrong as this camera must be good enough to do it .
not a total waste of time though not only was it great fun but i also practiced and learned how to take movement shots with
shot of a few seconds shutter speed , very nice skill to know .

i tried full zoom standing far away and lowest zoom close up to subject , with both lowest and highest values of the A rating .

no matter what i tried i could not get back ground to blur away theres a massive difference to distance of background but it does not
blur .

heres some of my attempts

first 2 below are at full zoom 720mm on my FF hs10

first at 1/220 ~ f5.6 and the second 1/110 ~ f8 could not get better A opening difference
http://media.use.com/images/s_1/497de72bc18c7f3ce696_1.jpg http://media.use.com/images/s_1/497de72bc18c7f3ce696_2.jpg

next 2 are with no zoom at all or 24mm on my FF hs10 again both ends of A scale this time i could get wider range i presume due to environmental changes ?? first is 1/640 ~ f3.2 second was at 1/100 ~ f8

http://media.use.com/images/s_1/d70ccd7a19fab1d258f6_1.jpg http://media.use.com/images/s_1/d70ccd7a19fab1d258f6_2.jpg

gutted because i thought it would be quite straight forward and very handy to be able to do .

any help apreciated id like to master this among other things lol , theres a lot to this photography its not easy .

April 20, 2013
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fuji… In the first two photos, what were you focusing on?
You have to be focusing on the near subject to get the background out of focus.

Use the largest aperture opening you can, a long focal length, and have
a big distance between your subject and the background.

In your first photo, you seem to have followed these rules.
The tree, however, does not seem that sharp and I think you were not focused on it.

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April 21, 2013
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ok mandrake , focus would make sense then as i have no idea how to control focus yet in either AF or MF . so more studying i think , thanks !!.

April 22, 2013
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still struggling with this , cant seem to make this effect work .

im almost certain im managing to focus on the tree now .

im starting to thinking maybe camera is not capable of this effect , it being a bridge camera , i should have my new FF s3 pro all being well tomorrow so ill have a go on that .

or maybe its im expecting too much with such a plain back ground maybe .

ive looked through menus to see if i may have something selected as menus were a bit of a maze for me to begin with but quite simple once you learn to navigate them quite similar to my s1800 in fact less complicated as you have quick access button , the only thing i can see selected is dynamic range could this affect it ? .

anyway ill keep practicing , thanks for help .

April 26, 2013
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I never shoot with FF hs10, but 720mm sounds a bit crazy to me, lol. I feel like in first two photos you might have a camera shake due to the length of lens. Try to use faster shutter speed (if posible) or put camera on the tripod. In the # 3 and 4 your focus is not on the tree.

I saw example of pictures from that camera and it is possible to get blurred background. You rarely want shallow depth of field when shooting landscapes. I would suggest you to try to shoot something smaller like a bird, tree branches, flowers, person … It will be easier to achieve blurred background. Please give it a try at different focal length. Always use widest aperture possible and make sure that your shutter speed is fast enought avoid camera shake. Rule of thumb is to use shutter speed of 1/focal length of the lens. So if lens is 500mm, use 1/500s. It is if lens doesn’t have VR (vibrations redaction). Also some people can handhold better then others. Also try to get as close to the subject as possible at given focal length. Pay attention where you are focusing!

April 27, 2013
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fujiowner
The best advice I can give is to enjoy taking pictures and
experiment with different exposures etc. until you find what
works in a given situation. I’ve taken and deleted thousands of
photos but have learned a lot from my mistakes. I still have a long
way to go but that’s part of the fun of this great hobby.
Good luck.
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April 27, 2013
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nikonguy said

fujiowner
The best advice I can give is to enjoy taking pictures and
experiment with different exposures etc. until you find what
works in a given situation. I’ve taken and deleted thousands of
photos but have learned a lot from my mistakes. I still have a long
way to go but that’s part of the fun of this great hobby.
Good luck.
Dale.Smile

This is so true, Nikonguy. The more you shoot and try different things, the more you learn. And from mistakes you learn a lot!

April 28, 2013
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hi ok thanks for the excellent advice .

im learning a lot , im am struggling to put it all together in the field though lol ,today even i take lots of photo then later i wander what my actual set up was .

im going to use full manual set up mode from now on and think about my exposures and focal lenghts etc more prior to taking picture .

thanks all.

May 12, 2013
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got one , finally managed to blur a pic .

 

Got my new (used) s5 pro recently not had time to practice until today , got a blur shot straight away , really like this trick 

i think i was focusing on wrong point but happy with blur effect .

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/9…..hotostream

 

thanks for help !!.

 

just waiting for a 18~55 lens and im going to be practising landscape /sunsets .

 

 

May 12, 2013
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Very happy that you have finally found success.  

This is a nice shot with obvious narrow depth of field.

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