What's wrong with this pic?

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  1. MacBraun

    MacBraun TPF Noob!

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    I had such high hopes for this pic. It's not often that this reservoir is calm and I found a morning that it was. Then the images come out looking hazy. Anyone got any ideas about how to fix this?

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    More contrast maybe?
     
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    It might have been hazy, who knows.

    The focus seems to be on the bush in front.
    Why did you shoot at ISO 400? Did you have a tripod? If not, then why an aperture of f/27? Try and stick to f/11-f/16.

    Here is a quick levels adjustment, very slight saturation, all done in Photoshop. I hope you dont mind.

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    I agree that the aperture was way too small. I'm not familiar with Pentax equipment but f/11 or even f/8 would have probably been better. Again I agree that the ISO might have been a little high especially for a landscape type shot. If it was hand-held, 1/60 is really pushing your luck. You can hand-hold at that speed with a 50mm, but your margin of error is thin. Opening up the aperture and increasing the shutter speed will give you a better chance for a good shot. Keep on shooting.
     
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    I had that happen to me last week and was told it was atmospheric haze. The day I'd taken the pictures was very sunny and clear and I was surprised when I got home to see it hazy.
     
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    UV filter? (a good one)
     
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    Thank you to everyone who has offered ideas on this pic. This post seems representative of the questions asked of me so I will answer them now.

    I thought I had it set to ISO 100 and that is surprising.

    I do have one but I forgot it that day.

    I was going for the highest DOF I could get. I wanted the mountains in focus and as much else as possible. The ugly little plant in the FG caught my eye, probably because it was ugly, and I decided to try using it as FG interest. Probably didn't work.

    I will be going back to try again and hopefully I get better results. I will try all of these suggestions and anything else that strikes me that day. I will also try to get closer to the reservoir so i can get more mountain reflection.

    My question to SrBiscuit, and anyone else who cares to answer, is what would be considered a good UV filter?
     
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    At f/27 you're losing focus sharpness to diffraction. Plus, with your exposure having to be so long, the atmosphere is moving during the exposure. That is a possible cause for the 'haze'.

    What did you use to steady the camera, since the tripod was left behind?

    Your image looks underexposed and I think compositionally it would work better if you were much closer to the water.
     
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    Look at the Hoya or B&G brands of filters. Pretty much of all my lenses have UV filters on them 100% of the time. Look for ones that are "Super Multicoated" and such. With Hoya filters, their Pro 1 line is pretty nice.

    Remember that you get what you pay for. I'm not one to get top of the line with my filters, but I do get something middle of the road as I've seen a big difference between a $10 filter and a $70 filter.

    Hoya | 58 mm Ultraviolet (UV) Pro 1 Digital | XD58UV | B&H Photo

    If you are going to be spending $800 on a lens, what is an extra $70 for good, quality protection.
     
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    Hmm, I never thought about that. To steady the camera I used my not-so-steady hands. I thought that since it was bright sunny day that I would be good to go.

    I appreciate all the comments, guys, and I will be taking them into account when I return to retake and in my future of photography. I do have UV filters but I probably went a little cheap on them since I was buying them more for lens protection than actual filtering. I will address my filters again.
     
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    If you are looking at getting a longer shutter speed on a bright day, look into ND filters. I always have a polarizer in my bag for my wide angle lens, while not as dark as the NDs, it will allow me a somewhat slower shutter speed without borking the exposure too much :)
     
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    I was actually using a CPL on that pic and I had NDs in my bag. I wasn't going for a longer shutter speed, just a nice looking image. I think I may have to return to my filters and get some higher quality ones after reading the replies on this thread.
     

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