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This image was shot on my Contax G1 with Fujifilm X-TRA 400 film. Though, this was my first time using the Contax TLA 200 Flash - so I did make some mistakes.

However most of the shots turned out accurately exposed and colors were really clear and balanced...except for a few shots (like the one below).

What could have caused this image to be muddy? Is it an element in the camera/film? Change in settings while using flash? Maybe a scanning error?

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    Can you describe what you mean by "muddy"? – Hueco May 9 at 20:14
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    By muddy, do you mean parts that are blurry? Or perhaps the orangish color cast? Or something else? – Michael C May 10 at 2:03
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I wouldn't have used the term muddy.

What I think I'm seeing is several things, but I think it mostly relates to one key item.

There's no EXIF data, but it looks like you used a very large apeture maybe full open 2.8.

This in turn gave you a very shallow depth of field leading to much of the image being out of focus.

The wide aperature coupled with a low power flash results in a significant contribution of ambient light over a relatively slow shutter speed, partially negating the ability of an electronic high speed flash to freeze movement.

Lastly, a direct on-camera flash makes driver-license-pictures.

  • "There's no EXIF data" That made my day. – Alaska Man May 10 at 19:53
  • I'm not sure why a simple statement of fact makes you so happy, but OK. – user10216038 May 11 at 3:18
  • Very insightful, doubly so from a moderator. I'm clearly in the wrong place. – user10216038 May 11 at 16:43
  • @Hueco the FUJI GA645Zi prints "EXIF" data on the frame border. Analogue EXIF does exist ;) – timvrhn May 11 at 20:13
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    @TimStack I’m known to put it on from time to time. Finally get to wear the bad dad jokes hat though so, been trying to get used to that one 😉 – Hueco May 11 at 22:58

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