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#263373 Woodpecker ... 500mm PF

Posted by Art on Yesterday, 10:49 PM

You used the wrong device to shoot this.


Sorry, in my rush to post, I forgot to put up a DENNIS: WARNING-ENTER AT OWN RISK! :lol:

#263362 Woodpecker ... 500mm PF

Posted by Art on Yesterday, 06:37 PM

I had a mountain of fun with this lens today.  Just getting acquainted for the first time with the new lens.  


All images handheld. It is a breeze and a pleasure to handhold.  It weighs nothing by comparison to the 200-400mm I typically haul around.


I turned VR on, boy that helped sharpen the images.


Nikon D850

Nikkor 500mm f5.6E VR




ISO 450











#263351 Nikon Z6 Images [WARNING-Image Heavy]

Posted by Art on 07 December 2019 - 02:05 PM

Some of these were taken with the Nikon 800mm f5.6E lens and others with the 200-400mm F4G.


Images are all from the new Nikon Z6 camera.


These images were all taken that the Suberbike Doubleheard Championship Weekend, this past summer at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park race track.


























#263325 Started decorating the apartment

Posted by Art on 04 December 2019 - 09:36 AM

This is one yearly ritual I have never looked forward to.  My wife always goes overboard at Christmas.


We had 4 trees up in the house at one time.


I dragged in a tree this past weekend and we are letting it relax a few days.  A mountain of needles have been falling already. Next, drag in from the garage, 6 boxes of ornaments .... weeeeeeee! 


#263283 Something is wrong here

Posted by Art on 02 December 2019 - 05:51 PM

His shirt burned out the sensor and they can't believe it?

#263217 Noise Reduction in PS Elements 2019

Posted by Art on 24 November 2019 - 11:12 AM

l got the files from We transfer. l like PS the most. Even though Dfine reduced noise more, it seemed to smear details.


Any time you use noise reduction, there is a softening of your image. It doesn't work with all images as you would like and typically, you have to alter the image a bit in a package like Photoshop to make it as presentable as possible.  If you are tiring to save an image, these are your best choices and used as a last resort ... better something than nothing .... but I would not make a habit of relying on them to "get the image", so to speak.


In your example, you have chosen to crop it at 100% and the editing is really obvious.  I think, if you were to do a 4x6" postcard print, this would not look too bad if this was a keepsake image you had to have. If it was something you wanted to crop for publication, I don't think it would work.

I have attached a 4x6 image below just as an example to this comment....



In my opinion, if you have night shots like this of an important event, this is a fine image for remembering something of importance. It beats having nothing at all, so the tools are quite helpful in certain situations in saving an image.


If your goal is an artistic capture, then techniques and/or gear have to change in order to capture the moment.


I am NOT a Lightroom user.  I can't stand Adobe and have refused to ever learn it.  It may have a better Noise Reduction Tool, I don't know.  Maybe someone with Lightroom can take a crack at it for you. I own LR 5 and just couldn't wrap my head around it.  My philosophy was:

I have Nikon gear

Nikon makes software for their images

What better software to use than the one made by the manufacturer who knows their own code


So, I went with Capture NX-2.... which had to be purchased at the time

--after the NIK fiasco, Nikon rapidly developed Capture NX-D which was a disaster at first


LATER, they added U-Point and have been perfecting and supporting it ever since.  It is not a bad package. AND .... it is FREE for download on their site.

#263214 Noise Reduction in PS Elements 2019

Posted by Art on 24 November 2019 - 03:16 AM



Here is what I did:


The NEF file was sharpened and cleaned up in CAPTURE NX-D .... this is free to download from Nikon.  Great package for free.


Then, converted file to JPG

Then, opened in PHOTOSHOP and cleaned up the noise....


You get this image:




I then did the same process only in DFINE


You get this image:



I think I like the treatment when you use the combination of both programs, you get the best results.


and then, I took them both and tried to make the best of the two and you get this:




I sent you back all the files on WeTransfer .... look for the email.


One last little trick I do when I have a noisy image .... I will take the BLUR tool and run it over the background of the image manually.


I also did a little trick with a layer where I will fill in the white areas that have text... in this case on the helmet, to give it some fake sharpness.... 

You get this!


The Art Version ... I also darkened it a bit to match your version.




To roughly match your post above....



#263191 Weekend in Paroa

Posted by Art on 20 November 2019 - 12:51 PM

Very nice.  Hope you had a nice time. Looks like a "rugged" place to visit.

#263189 Noise Reduction in PS Elements 2019

Posted by Art on 20 November 2019 - 07:35 AM



You should try it in Photoshop, it is not bad. I have saved many an image with photoshop.

#263180 Noise Reduction in PS Elements 2019

Posted by Art on 19 November 2019 - 09:34 AM

OK, sorry for the delay, got busy, had to meet a deadline.


So, the first image is a SIDE BY SIDE of the ORIGINAL on the LEFT and DEFINE cleanup on the RIGHT. The image below it is PHOTOSHOPED.


Bill Sample.jpeg


Bill-Photoshop.jpg  DSC_8121(Art-Version-SCALE2).jpg


Although I think the photoshop effort has a little more noise elements, if you look at the eyes and helmet, the image is sharper.

I think, if you know how to use the Noise reduction features in Photoshop, it is slightly better.  Dfine is still a good package.  I think I stated earlier, it just softens the image, which is something I am not crazy about.



[ so you can compare the two images, I added my editing effort next to your original image so you could see them side by side. I scaled it an tried to match color]

#263163 2019 Nov-Dec Challenge - Colors!

Posted by Art on 17 November 2019 - 06:24 PM

The sun was out this morning so I took the rig out for some birding.


Nice to see the Common House Finch (male) again.  I have not seen many of these birds the last two years.



#263162 2019 Nov-Dec Challenge - Colors!

Posted by Art on 17 November 2019 - 06:20 PM

Wow, those are really cool trains!

Nice series.

#263158 Noise Reduction in PS Elements 2019

Posted by Art on 15 November 2019 - 11:51 PM

Dfine softens the image, I wasn’t impressed with it but I will try it tonight and post the result.

#263154 2019 Nov-Dec Challenge - Colors!

Posted by Art on 15 November 2019 - 10:16 AM

Since we are already into November and December is right around the corner, I will merge the two Months in regards to the Challenge.


This will allow everyone to post images that encompass a broad stroke from both months.


The Challenge is for COLORS!

Lots of COLORS.

Autumn COLORS.


Christmas COLORS!


The subject doesn't matter, the colors do! If it is bright, loud and colorful .... it is COLORS and it belongs posted here.




1) Any Camera

2) Try to keep the images to the ones taken in the last two months.

3) Post as many times as you like.

4) Have fun, as always!


An example of loud colors, just to get us started......


#263128 Nikon Z6 - observations after nearly a year

Posted by Art on 13 November 2019 - 11:10 AM

Black Friday is just around the corner.  May be a good time to make up your mind.


I suspect a new line of Z may be coming out.  Too many deals on these cameras at the moment, it seems like they are clearing the channel and making room for new announcements.


I am on the fence myself.


May spring for a Z6, I was really impressed with it, as I have stated.  In Canada, the price should drop to under $1900 and I just got a promotion couple that will reduce the price another $200. Getting harder to resist.