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what's that noise?

By annettep38  
thank you for your clicks and comments for the bluetit, and to Ron for his observations. I'll try my best to improve, the more I ry myself to take some bird pictures the more I see how much effort and practise goes into your shots... got a lot to learn!

I was bitterly cold and overcast most of the day, but there is only one sunday in the week, so I'd better use it Smile
This robin clearly heard the camera click and went into a 'meerkat' pose - checking closer in V2
now V2 is reduced in LR, V1 in PS.. still haven't worked out what produces less noise !

Tags: Robin Bird Humourandfun Wildlife and nature

Voters: saeidNL, RonnieAG, taggart and 35 more

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29 Jan 2012 11:47PM
Two Lovely capture,well done,

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RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
30 Jan 2012 12:43AM
I rather like that self assured legs akimbo stance in V 2, Annette.
I'm not certain to what your title refers but could it be to having to use an ISO of 800 and the consequences thereof, or perhaps something totally different. Hope that observation does not cause offence.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
30 Jan 2012 12:49AM
A curious little bird--- love the RUSTY color!
30 Jan 2012 1:29AM
Two beautiful shot with excellent detail and presentation ,Annette -well done.........Grin
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
30 Jan 2012 3:02AM
Wonderful shot -- great title as well.
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2012 5:35AM
Ahhh ... So very cute! Well captured IB
zapar40 Plus
7 66 5 Wales
30 Jan 2012 6:08AM
their inquisitive stance captured so well. v2 would get double votes from me.
nice one, ant.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.2k 30 England
30 Jan 2012 6:09AM
How sweet. Looks like you've told him to stand up tall in V1. Smile Charming shots.
CarolG Plus
11 199 20 Greece
30 Jan 2012 6:33AM
A wonderful stretch in V.1, Annette, well captured. Do you have a noiseware program, NeatImage is worth a try. Carol
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2012 7:48AM
Two good captures, looks like he heard your camera clicking! Smile
30 Jan 2012 9:48AM
Its a perky Robin, it knew you were after a shot Annette. Try in PS the filter reduce noise, it helps a bit.
EAS Plus
8 1 13 Scotland
30 Jan 2012 1:09PM
I've seen birds taking up this stance when there's been gunshots around (people out hunting here in the countryside) so clearly a sense of alarm. I think there's a bit more noise in V2 on this screen. V1 gets my vote anyway though I know what a challenge this type of image is to capture and am impressed by both efforts!

30 Jan 2012 2:17PM
'Two superlative, artistic, & lovely Robin captures,' Annette~

v2 is a real cracker~ Smile

~ Peter
Two wonderful captures Annette.

At 800 ISO there is going to be some noise.

Iíve uploaded mods using Lightroom 3 to remove noise.

30 Jan 2012 2:48PM
Lovely captures Annette.

Maiwand Plus
11 3 73 England
30 Jan 2012 3:00PM

Quote:A wonderful stretch in V.1, Annette, well captured. Do you have a noiseware program, NeatImage is worth a try. Carol[/quote
Somewhat better than last time Annette. Your camera settings seem to be reasonably OK. You could try reducing the ISO although I would have thought that the D2 could manage 800 without too much problem. What programme do you use to manipulate the shots ?
I agree with trying Neat Image.

30 Jan 2012 5:42PM
Wonderful photography.
30 Jan 2012 8:05PM
Great shot Annette, like the pose of the V1.

I am a Neat image user for higher ISO and found it to be very good, looking at the stats I wonder whether at ISO800 and Tx 1/640 whether there was actually some scope to reduce the ISO, possibly 400, this will reduce the noise quite a bit. You can also try pushing the histogram to the right by adding some positive exposure compensation, say plus 0.5, lighter images will generally produce less noise.

By the way, many thanks for the user award on the Common Darter image, it was very much appreciated indeed. Grin

banehawi Plus
13 1.7k 3812 Canada
31 Jan 2012 1:55PM
Depending on what version of Photoshop you have, and LR, they may be exactly the same in terms of thier noise reduction ability. LR3 is quite good.

In you images, ALL noise has been removed from the sky, showing that both approaches had an effect, however it doesnt look like you were aggressive enough. You need to practice more, especially on te Luminance channel in LR.

The mods are quite good, though perhaps just a little too much detail is lost, BUT this can be the downside of high ISO.

Another approach, and you can download a trial version for free is to try Neat Image of Noise Ninja, third party programmes that specialize in noise reduction, - might give you a better result.

Your setting are good, - though maybe you could have been able to NOT use negative exposure comp, and noise will be most apparent in an image that underexposed. It would be more "norma;" shooting against the sky to use positive exposure compensation to ensure the bird was exposed properly.

I will upload a mod with exposure increased by one full stop, and use Noise Ninja to reduce noise as an example. remember, the idea here is that an brighter exposure is likely to show less noise.


31 Jan 2012 10:45PM
Love the pose of V1. Nice work. paul
2 Feb 2012 6:56PM
Your really caught the pose in this one Annette, something a bit different and stands out very well.
Glostopcat Plus
11 255 2 England
13 Feb 2012 9:52PM
A delightful image of this tall, thin, long legged robin, he's the complete opposite of most robins that I see

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