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This is a discussion on October 2016 - Photography Assignment - Salt within the Photo assignments forums, part of the Photography & Fine art photography category; It looks soft because the sides of the letters are not perfectly sharp, due to salt not being perfectly lined ...

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    It looks soft because the sides of the letters are not perfectly sharp, due to salt not being perfectly lined up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theantiquetiger View Post
    It looks soft because the sides of the letters are not perfectly sharp, due to salt not being perfectly lined up.
    That could be it. I laid the letters down first and poured the salt over them. Had to come up with a way to remove the letters and the best I could do was to stick them with a straight pin and lift them up. Just couldn't help a little spillage.
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    Thats what I mean, it maybe near impossible to get sharp edges after lifting the blocks. You may want to try spraying it with hair spray or something similar before lifting the blocks.
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    BTW, I am a science geek. It is NaCl not NaCL. Luckily "L" does not appear on the periodic table, so you may get away with it
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    Quote Originally Posted by theantiquetiger View Post
    BTW, I am a science geek. It is NaCl not NaCL. Luckily "L" does not appear on the periodic table, so you may get away with it
    A thought just occurred to me. Why didn't I put the pins in the letters before I poured the salt over them? Sheesh! Now I'll have to drag everything back out for the do-over. Thanks for the info, I feel stupid.
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    Just curious - What was your shutter speed?
    100% Tripod with cable release or self timer on the redo (and shoot it at F/11 or F/16) would be my recommendation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marko View Post
    Just curious - What was your shutter speed?
    100% Tripod with cable release or self timer on the redo (and shoot it at F/11 or F/16) would be my recommendation.
    Love to see the result for a head to head.
    First one was at 1/30s with a iso of 1600.

    I re-shot it a day or so later, but it didn't look that much better so I elected not to post the re-do. It's a table top affair as you might imagine. My go-to tripod doesn't have a tilt feature. I suppose I could have reversed the column to hang beneath, but then I would have had to use live view (don't like live-view) for comp or taken the time and trouble to set up the a wireless connection between camera and iPad. That's a piece of cake with the a6000, but the D800 doesn't have built in wi-fi and I didn't want to deal with the extra hardware and cabling. With as much effort, or more, as the former solutions I managed to find my old Tiltall tripod (from the sixties) and the counterweight needed to use it.

    When it was all set up I shot this on at f/18 with iso100 and a hint of strobe yielding a sec exposure using a 3 second exposure delay mode.


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