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      05-11-2015, 10:53 AM   #1
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So I picked up a ND filter with variable stops.. I used stop 8 on majority of my pictures. I've used a tripod ( not a cheap one but not a great one either ) and a 2 second timer. My photos seem to have some shakes in it as it appears not as clear. I need directions on how to get a crisper and less blurry ( not the water affect ) pictures. I am using a kit lens 18-135mm.. maybe I need a better lens?

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WF16 by Nam Ji, on Flickr

WF8 by Nam Ji, on Flickr

WF7 by Nam Ji, on Flickr

WF7_1 by Nam Ji, on Flickr

WF6 by Nam Ji, on Flickr

WF3 by Nam Ji, on Flickr

WF1_1 by Nam Ji, on Flickr

WF4 by Nam Ji, on Flickr

WF13 by Nam Ji, on Flickr

WF11 by Nam Ji, on Flickr

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Try a 10 second time or a remote shutter release maybe? I use a remote shutter release and I got get much blur. You could also try something like mirror lock (is that right, smarter people?) as it can induce some shake.

Edit: I see you linked to Flickr, can't look at it at work so without seeing your meta-data:
Also make sure you are using a small aperature. Some photos looks like large aperatures like the last photo. The rocks in the center look focused but the higher in the picture they aren't. Go up a few f-stops to increase your depth of field.
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I've never used a variable stop ND filter. But i don't see the shake you're talking about. I can find sharp looking rocks in all the photos. So i think it's something other than shake. Remember the tree branches are free to move around and will look blury unless it's dead calm with zero wind movement. It may be what happos2 mentioned that you need to increase the DOF by using a larger aperture value (higher number).
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Are you shooting RAW or JPG? Are you doing any post processing? If so, what are you using to do it?
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Are you shooting RAW or JPG? Are you doing any post processing? If so, what are you using to do it?
These were shot in Raw and used photoshop cc for post touch ups.
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