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post #1 of 25
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I have made 2 visits to my airport (KAPA) to take some photos. I get home and look at them and to me the background like the trees are sort of weird and cartoony looking. Is it just me or is this something I can fix?

By the way I'm just starting.

Camera: EOS 60D
Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Sorry the photo seems to be a bit unbalanced.

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post #2 of 25
Well, it looks like it might just be generic haze... The air around airports gets pretty well churned up, and you can definitely see the heat of the exhaust to the left of the plane.

However, are you shooting with a UV filter on?
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Well, it looks like it might just be generic haze... The air around airports gets pretty well churned up, and you can definitely see the heat of the exhaust to the left of the plane.

However, are you shooting with a UV filter on?
Yes, I have a UV filter on it.
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Do you know what model it is and what you paid for it? Cheap UV filters can really kill sharpness.
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Do you know what model it is and what you paid for it? Cheap UV filters can really kill sharpness.
Don't laugh but it was from BestBuy it's a Rocket Fish I'll try and look it up.

EDIT: I paid like $20 for it haha
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post #6 of 25
Yeah, that might be the problem... Try taking it off of the lens and then see if you notice an improvement. My guess is you will.

As a comparison, I have the Nikon 70-300 VR, and just for the peace of mind I did pick up a Hoya HMC UV filter. Even though it's a pretty good quality filter, I still notice a very slight drop in quality when using it, so I pretty much only use it when I don't want the front element to get dinged or dusty.
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Cool, Thanks, I'll try that when I'm out there next time.
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post #8 of 25
Yup, it sounds like the UV filter is the culprit for sure. Those cheapo ones are about worthless in my experience. I am a very fledgling amateur, but in my short time of dabbling I have went through a few and all were junk till I got a higher quality one.
post #9 of 25
looks like bokeh + motion blur to me. if it was the filter the plane wouldnt be sharp either. was the camera on continuous AF (i think its called AF servo) and were you panning the camera?

ps. give us the EXIF if you have it.
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I was moving the camera with the jet and I was manually focusing it.
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