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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