Has anyone any good suggestions about overcoming heat haze on photos?
Obviously I never had this problem in the UK but when I look a t my Lyon photos I am disappointed by the lack of clarity on some of them. It is worse at distance as you would expect and if you use the digital zoom.(I have a bog standard Fuji digital with a large memory chip to get as many shots as possible and edit out the chaff on the computer) but unless I can get close the results are less sharp than I like.
Another new camera with a better zoom is not on at the moment as I have just bought a new tractor (sad priorities!!LOL) But any advice would be truly welcome especially from people who share the same problems.
I admire the quality of the shots on the forum and it is not all down to better equipment some is just better technique-- and I would appreciate being able to tap into that.
Heat haze--just another problem of living in France--goes along with cheap wine, home grown vegetables and outdoor swimming pools.God, life is hard down here at the bottom of the pile.LOL
Re garding the Heat Haze problem I am not sure if you can fit filters on your camera but, either a UV or A KR6 will reduce haze somewhat. The other thing to watch for is using the digital magnification on your lens. Stick to the optical part if possible and then if you have a manipulation programme on your pc you can enlarge the shot better, if you haven`t used the digital capture as all that does is electronically bring your shot nearer and thus increases the "noise" in the picture. If you want an easy download free manipulation programme to use get Googles Picassa 3 which is a superb alternative to start with rather than other expensive programmes you can buy like ADOBE or Paint SHop.
I agree with CloudWarrior, the only thing you can do is try to minimise the effect. But imagine looking down a runway on a hot day and you see what looks like vapour waving about and making everything in that area look strange, no filter or attachment will get rid of it. What you can do is make use of the effect sometimes if you want to be "arty" Just keep taking shots and experiment, that`s the real beauty of digital, you can snap, check and delete and do it again at no cost, and not waiting until the pics come back from the developers to see what a load a rubbish you have captured.
Thanks for the serious responses.I feel better after reading them-its nice to know it isn't entirely a crap photographer. I will take on board the advice and you can judge for yourselves if it has had an efffect.
;D As for the tractor boys--France is FULL of old tractors and stuff as they never throw anything away--they even have museums dedicated to chatty old impliments.
I will enter into the spirit of this and get some shots.
Don't you just love the nutters who live on this forum.LOL
Nice mowers, Husqvarna, but as my neighbour just found to his cost they are very prone to failure of various types if you do not keep them clean and the filters free of dust. An annual cleaning is an absolute must, at the end of the season and not waiting until the beginning of the next. Ron
Last Edit: Jul 26, 2009 8:38:36 GMT 1 by ronturner
My service provider--LOL-- has booked the tractor in for an annual,service--they collect and deliver as road trips are restricted to the times I am pulling the trailer to destinations in the village(usually collecting wood or returning tools).
When I bought it I asked if it would last my lifetime--after much mirth the guys asked how long I intended living and on discovering my ancient state assured me it would be suitable to pass on to my Grandson.(who already has a plastic tractor as big as the Husqvarna.)--so no worries there.Pity they don't do annual services and oil changes on we poor mortals.