|Quoting spencer (Reply 4):|
The only reason I could see anything "fooling" the AF would be the focus point not looking onto detail.
|Quoting ckw (Reply 6):|
Is it possible that certain schemes are highly reflective of infrared, enough to throw off the AF
|Quoting JakTrax (Reply 7):|
Such theories however don't explain why one predominantly white livery turns out okay when another does not
|Quoting chris78cpr (Reply 15):|
The only time i have photos come out OOF or not as sharp as i'd like is down to user error and not the camera, most of the current crop of cameras shouldn't and really don't lose focus easily. If they do then it's
probably something the operator isn't doing quite right!
|Quoting JakTrax (Reply 16):|
As Colin points out above, there are tricks of light that could quite easily knock a camera's AF out slightly
|Quoting ckw (Reply 19):|
So, is it possible that what people are describing as soft focus is actually lack of detail?
|Quoting JakTrax (Reply 20):|
I think you've hit the nail on the head there Colin. Certainly in the case of the LH ERJs I reckon it's more a lack of detail than actual softness, but being an all-white aircraft I've no idea why. Perhaps it's the bold, blue font responsible rather than the fuselage colour?
It could be something to do with tones and contrast. I always find with DHL that the red registrations over the yellow finish always look soft (not blurry). The contrast between red and yellow isn't as great as that between tonal colours (black and white). This is also the case for a lot of other liveries.
While I agree that many OOF/soft images are down to technique or optimistic camera settings there are definitely some schemes that just don't photograph well. Interestingly I never had such 'nemesis' schemes when I shot film/slide, so that pretty much rules out user error. Having said that we could never scrutinise 35mm format images to the extent we do with digital so perhaps that point is null.
Whatever it is, it's there. Unless of course anyone is seriously suggesting that I just happen to get my settings wrong only when the KL Skyteam 739 passes my lens?
Photo © Karl Nixon
Photo © Karl Nixon
|Quoting chris78cpr (Reply 21):|
I mean we have all had it when you get back from a session, look at a shot that you were excited about and it's not quite perfect and it's down to user error. I have then gone to shoot it again when the starts align and will have high expectations of the shot that will result. Maybe it's that, that is causing you to be hyper critical of these photos