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Noisy Lily

By KarenFB
I decided to treat myself to a few flowers, amongst them were some wonderful lily buds. One opened over the weekend and I noticed the centers were absolutely gorgeous.

As you can see, I took some 'super macro' shots. I'm wondering if it's too noisy! I've used 'De-speckle' and I used the blur tool, but it still looks quite noisy! (I don't want to use 'Gaussian Blur' because that will lose the freckles).

Any suggestions? Smile

Tags: Flower Lily Flowers and plants

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7 Nov 2011 7:35AM

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CaroleS Plus
6 423 3 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2011 8:49AM
No it works Karen because the very centre is so sharp it gives the appearance of rising out of a mist. A fine composition. Carole
CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
7 Nov 2011 9:07AM
I think it works, Karen, well composed and captured. Carol
lesliea 7 2 Australia
7 Nov 2011 9:14AM
Very nice macro image well taken.
Allen, Smile
PhilT2 Plus
6 380 25 England
7 Nov 2011 10:21AM
Noise is not a problem with this image. The precision of focus and dof overcomes any shortfall in the background and I agree with you that any blurring would ruin the overall impression. Definately a thumbs up from me
KarenFB Plus
10 4.7k 167 England
7 Nov 2011 1:58PM
Thank you everyone! Grin
Niknut Plus
6 1.3k 68 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2011 5:00PM
A beautiful & striking shot !!! the detail & colours !!!!!

I've done a mod. for your consideration, to tone down the noise......not easy, but reasonably successful I think ?????
KarenFB Plus
10 4.7k 167 England
7 Nov 2011 5:25PM
Thanks Keith! What a difference - that's exactly the effect I was trying to achieve! Smile
banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3531 Canada
7 Nov 2011 6:38PM
Noise programmes and plug ins usually do the best job Karen. My mod1 was done with Noise Ninja, - would recommend it, and you can download a trial.

Mod2 is done using a Photoshop filter, depending on which version you have, it might be available, Its under Filer>Noise>Median; applied at at 1 percent on a layer, removed the effect with a mask on the stamens, and this is the result.

Let me know what software you have, and I will see what results I can get using it without add in programmes.


KarenFB Plus
10 4.7k 167 England
7 Nov 2011 7:10PM
Thanks Willie - two brilliant mods. I have PS Elements 9. I have taken a few images of the Lily, so I shall have to see what I can do, using your hints! Smile
KarenFB Plus
10 4.7k 167 England
7 Nov 2011 7:28PM
Mmmm. I've added a mod of my own - a shame I can't delete it, I obviously need more practise! Wink I've never actually used the 'Median' filter, but I think I shall in the future! Smile
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
8 Nov 2011 8:08PM
Superb focussing Karen, such pin sharp detail in the stamen
KarenFB Plus
10 4.7k 167 England
9 Nov 2011 7:21AM
Thanks Edmund! Smile
Ayoob 5 Australia
9 Nov 2011 7:41AM
Great macro shot Karen ,lovely detail image...........Grin
Chinga Plus
5 3 1 United Kingdom
10 Nov 2011 8:25PM
Wonderful image! Have a well deserved Number 30 vote from me! Grin
KarenFB Plus
10 4.7k 167 England
11 Nov 2011 4:10AM
Thank you! Grin
KatieR 12 6.2k 6
25 Nov 2011 3:33PM
Great composition and colours - and the mods do really make a difference.
KarenFB Plus
10 4.7k 167 England
25 Nov 2011 4:45PM
Thank you Katie! Smile

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