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PHOTOGRAPHY SHARPNESS IN THE JUNGLE

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PHOTOGRAPHY by KRISS on 24 november 2015

One problem a photographer might have to deal with when shooting in a humid tropical forest is… humidity ! Yes, sorry to state the obvious but this is actually something I never really gave any thought about before landing actually there.
We spend the last year in Andalusia, south of Spain where the weather is just plain dry and humidity really never is a problem.

But here in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica, lush green forests and myriads of birds, animals and insects remind you that there must be a lot of water for this to happen ! And indeed there is !

Humidity levels are high and your camera equipment will notice.
Often I have some fog on the filters of my lenses when I get them out of a confined place such as a bag.
I have to wait for a few seconds for it to dissipate before getting anything out of the camera.
But still, I had to give up on lots of the photos I shot because they were flat, dull, lacking contrast, colors and sharpness because of this.

I did suspect the teleconverter my friend Jimmy gave me for my travel to add to the lack of sharpness (mostly because I use it at the widest opening all the time) but it actually doesn’t.
I tried my 70-200mm on its own at 2.8 under the same conditions and it proved exactly the same.

So how to deal with it and actually take great photos ?

- Well, sunny days will give you a better chance at shooting sharp than rainy days to start with.
- Then some lenses won’t suffer as much as telelenses, the widest angles seem to cope fine and so does my 105mm macro lens.
- Then I am sure packing some extra light would help a great deal but this is not something you do when you travel with only cabin luggage !

Ok have fun and feel free to share the links to your galleries, posts or whatever of jungle shoots, we’d love to see them !

I have decided to illustrate this post with two raw shots untouched of a poorly taken sloth and a far away toucan which both lack of everything I just said.

PHOTOGRAPHY SHARPNESS IN THE JUNGLE

PHOTOGRAPHY SHARPNESS IN THE JUNGLE

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