LightningPaul

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photoblog image Finally Snow in Belgium

Finally Snow in Belgium


Yesterday we finally got snow :-) At seven o'clock I notice this nice white carpet in front of my house. So I had to take a snapshot. One of the neighbors decorated the Christmas tree with blue lights. The kids were also very surprised. They didn't see much snow in their young life. Normally it's pretty dark outside but thanks to the reflective snow & clouds and the many lights of the port, the whole surrounding was bright and shiny.


TECH-INFO: despites the bright and shiny appearance, a prime lens set at f/2 and a high ISO of 800 was needed to capture this frame. RAW conversion in DxO Optics Pro and afterwards I enhanced colors and contrast in Photoshop. Mainly the snow in front is made a bit brighter.

I have been experimenting with noise removal. DxO does do a pretty good job during RAW conversion but still too much chroma noise is left in the darker places when using ISO 800 or higher. An extra step using Noise Ninja where I set the luminance strength to -7 and color strength to +3 gives excellent results while preserving lots of detail. The little bit of noise that's left looks even like grain, so not disturbing at all.

Finally Snow in Belgium


Yesterday we finally got snow :-) At seven o'clock I notice this nice white carpet in front of my house. So I had to take a snapshot. One of the neighbors decorated the Christmas tree with blue lights. The kids were also very surprised. They didn't see much snow in their young life. Normally it's pretty dark outside but thanks to the reflective snow & clouds and the many lights of the port, the whole surrounding was bright and shiny.


TECH-INFO: despites the bright and shiny appearance, a prime lens set at f/2 and a high ISO of 800 was needed to capture this frame. RAW conversion in DxO Optics Pro and afterwards I enhanced colors and contrast in Photoshop. Mainly the snow in front is made a bit brighter.

I have been experimenting with noise removal. DxO does do a pretty good job during RAW conversion but still too much chroma noise is left in the darker places when using ISO 800 or higher. An extra step using Noise Ninja where I set the luminance strength to -7 and color strength to +3 gives excellent results while preserving lots of detail. The little bit of noise that's left looks even like grain, so not disturbing at all.

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and in Holland too, up to 50 centimeter
LightningPaul: Oooh :-O
I like the contrast between the light and shade Paul. Re noise there is a freebie program called Noiseware Community Edition which you will find at the bottom of the page here > http://www.imagenomic.com/download.aspx I use it and I know others who do. It is reccomended to use the default settings as a good startying point.
LightningPaul: Many thanks for pointing out Noiseware. I tried it and I have the subjective impression that Noise Ninja does better, though the competition is hard and algorithms improve.
Aside of all the technical discussion smile, this picture feels very melancholy for me: the one (comparitively) small tree standing alone under the street light... It almost feels like the tree is trying to reach for the light. Very evocative!
LightningPaul: I never saw it that way. Thanks for sharing your point of view. I love to read such stuff.

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camera NIKON D300
exposure mode aperture priority
shutterspeed 1/80s
aperture f/2.0
sensitivity ISO800
focal length 35.0mm
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