Why is my picture so grainy?

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Why is my picture so grainy?
4 months ago

Just curious why I can't seem to get crisp clean landscape shots - most of the time they end up grainy like this one.

Is it just my camera (Nikon D5100)? or is it my Lens (Nikon DX 18-55mm)?  I'm shooting in RAW (NEF) but had to convert the image to JPEG to upload it here.  Are there any tricks I can do to get a clearer shot when doing landscapes?  Any time I try to do any corrections in Camera Raw it's almost impossible as everything becomes way to blocky and grainy.

Thanks!

 joeyq's gear list:joeyq's gear list
Nikon Coolpix S9700 Nikon D5100 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm F3.5-6.3G ED VR +4 more
Nikon D5100
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