'Shooting Pheasants' - 7th Jan 2017
So on my way to work there is a stretch of lane with fields either side and there are always pheasants in the fields or perched on the lovely dry stone walls.
Sadly, pheasants like most animals and people have a sixth sense as to when you have a camera with you or not ;)
So for the last week I have been making a few extra trips down the lane with my windows open, camera poised and ready to go!
My earlier attempts in the week were highly successful with some lovely compositions, but when I returned home to check my images I found they were all front focussing ??
Then I realised that in my trial of the WFT-E7 unit i needed to update the firmware on the camera and in doing so lost all the AF micro adjustment calibration for my lenses.. doh!
So a day of cleaning my lenses and camera gear followed by AF micro adjustment calibration on all the lenses.
Basically the simple way to do this is to set a hardback book on a table propped up at 45deg.Then drape a rule or tape measure vertically on the book.
Set up the camera on a tripod centrally to the book ideally on a nice round number like 100mm for the central AF point.
then you simply take an image with maximum aperture so you get a ice shallow DoF. review the image and see where it actually focussed and then using the inbuilt micro adjustment week the settings for each lens until the 100mm is bang in focus with an even fall off either side.