I was starting to believe that the 2x extender was the problem, not me.
After reviewing my handful of images that I shot with the 2x extender, i realized none of them made the cut, and almost always for the exact same reason. They all look soft. Honestly, I still blame myself for not paying attention to focus or making sure I was compensating for the doubled focal length’s effect.
When I moved my tripod about twenty feet away from where i shot a majority of my Snake River Outlook photos, I saw the way the golden hour light was hitting Mt Leidy just southeast of us. I shot a few versions of the image, one of which will be in a week or so for another One That Didn’t Make It.
Even when editing, I tried so hard to save this image and its sibling. I tried blasting the clarity up, i tried meticulous sharpening, i tried faking sharpness by blurring out what was less important. Nothing worked. The fuzziness didn’t go away. No matter what, technology in 2019 still can’t fix everything in photography, and all that proves is that in order to be a good photographer, you need to pay attention to what you’re doing.
Now with that idea in mind, some of the best photographers in the game forget to pay attention to some important things while shooting. So, it’s not to say that if you find yourself losing attention sometimes that you’re inherently a bad photographer. That’s absolutely false.
This particular image taught me something a little more simple than some of the past few.
Stop using an extender. It’s not worth it. You’ll likely get better results if you shoot with a long lens and crop in a little bit.