How do I make the background more sharp in this picture?

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  1. xantho

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    Did I take the picture slightly out of focus? I realize that I need to straighten the picture out a tad but I was looking for advice. I feel like the tree-line isn't as sharp as it should be.

    Thanks!

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    up your ISO.. you shot this at ISO 100.. its a darker situation.. so try upping the ISO some.. should make a difference
     
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    Were you moving? It looks like motion blur to me. In that case, you would need a faster shutter speed.
     
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    Keep in mind, Im a newbie to this. But I thought the higher the aperature the more focused your background becomes. But Ive also noticed in dark situations it doesnt work all that. Kewl photo.
     
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    1/125s f/7.1 ISO100 45mm (35mm eq:67mm)

    If you're shooting at infinity, as I hope you are in this scenario, you can shoot at whatever aperture you like. The background will be in focus. Increasing your ISO will do you little/no good, as you already had a decent hand-holding shutter speed (unless you were moving quickly for some reason o_O ) for that focal length. It should have also been fast enough to freeze motion in the trees if it was windy.

    Sooooo, methinks you just missed the focus. Focus at infinity for landscape (well, most of the time anyway).
     
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    its definatley the focus. just make sure you focus on the trees instead. If you have all 9 AF points enabled, then that may be your problem-- the bottom AF points may be focusing the water. Just select on the center AF point and then aim that point at the tree line, then recompose with the shutter 1/2 held down and when ready take the shot.
     
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    Thanks for all the advice. If you use a larger aperture will the increase in the depth of field be apparent through the viewfinder or will it only show in the final picture?
     
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    It will only show in the final picture, unless you use the preview button on your camera. I'd say that it's probably located by the lens, but after that I am lost depending upon which camera you have.
     
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    Depth of field decreases as the aperture gets larger.
     
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    Yeah, but the aperture number increases along with the DOF. It's just an easy way for beginners to remember it.

    f/16 is a smaller aperture than f/4, but provides a larger DOF.
     
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    Sorry, I meant as the number gets larger DOF increases

    Im still speaking in noob speak :lol:
     
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    ummmm.... why?
     

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