Can someone save this shot?

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YoThatLimp
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Can someone save this shot?
May 7, 2012

This is my first thread so be easy on me! I am posting this here as it was shot with the Handheld Twilight.

We were alone in the woods with only moon light for lighting, I tried to re-take the shot with a better ISO setting so I could reduce noise but could never quite get it. The bad thing about Handheld Twilight mode is it produces only a JPEG.

I really enjoy the composition, but the quality is pretty awful and the shadows and blacks are full of nasty grain. I was wondering is there anyway to save this photo? I am fairly new to taking photos and even newer at manipulating them with software. I would really appreciate any advice/help this community could provide!

Here is a link to the original jpeg:
https://www.yousendit.com/download/M3BsQndBYTI1aVpOeDhUQw

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wll
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In reply to YoThatLimp, May 7, 2012

Without going craze, I put Topaz de-noise to the test and then sharpened using the High pass filter and this is all I could do. How many stops are you under exposed, do you know ? but I bet ya it is maybe 4 ?

Actually my version looks pretty poor ;- (

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In reply to YoThatLimp, May 7, 2012

Very hard to get much more out of the photo as using Twilight the camera has already combined 3 photos to get the best result. Anyway here is my 5 minutes in photoshop.

I didn't bring any more out of the dark areas as I think the silhouette effect looks better.

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YoThatLimp
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In reply to relate2, May 7, 2012

I definitely like the silhouette look as well, which is what I was going for with the shot! Wish I could go back to the moment and try some other settings! I am still pretty impressed on the shots Handheld twilight can take, as this was taken in complete darkness.

I really appreciate both of your attempts!

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RussellInCincinnati
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there's really nothing there beyond what you have
In reply to YoThatLimp, May 7, 2012

Consider your image as sort of a sketch of a planned photo. Also it looks like it could be retaken quite easily, if you live near the setup, because there's nothing too unique besides the place in the photo.

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In reply to YoThatLimp, May 7, 2012

Convert it to B&W and and put a film grain filter on it ;P

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In reply to YoThatLimp, May 7, 2012

I quite like your photo! It's a matter of content over quality. Yes, it's a bit grainy and yes, there's very little detail in the shadows. But the feeling and atmosphere is good - and that is most important to me.

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In reply to YoThatLimp, May 7, 2012

My creative side came up with this:

Selective focus on the moon and landscape below, with the already blurred foreground deliberately set out of focus. I cropped a bit as well.

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In reply to YoThatLimp, May 7, 2012

I don't mind the original. As you said, it was very dark. Why make it something it wasn't?

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In reply to YoThatLimp, May 7, 2012

I don't know if I've made it worse or better in your opinion, but I think I made somewhat different.

What do you guys think? Was the change for the better or worse?

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In reply to krasse, May 7, 2012

I was able to save. Right click-> save image as-> save

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In reply to Jinxt, May 7, 2012

Good one, lol = )

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nightin9ale
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Here's my edit:

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richg101
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In reply to nightin9ale, May 8, 2012

this is what I did. let me know if you want the full jpg

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In reply to Jinxt, May 8, 2012

hahahah that was totally unexpected

Jinxt wrote:

I was able to save. Right click-> save image as-> save

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In reply to Rooru S, May 8, 2012

Here's mine. Lightroom, you can reduce saturation.

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^^^That's my favorite one so far.

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In reply to nightin9ale, May 8, 2012

I like this best- almost noise-free and sharp.

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In reply to El Matadurr, May 8, 2012

To save junk pictures, i.e. those that are doomed from the very start due to extreme technical inadequacies and to do so for others is giving no service at all. Sorry.

The original shooter does not learn how to take a proper pic, nor does he/she learn how to adjust a well taken or nearly well taken pic.

And all told the pic is still all junk or - at best - a gregarious digital manipulation.

Not worth anybody's 5 minutes ...

Why not learn to take good pics yourself right in camera? What is in this pic for you? Other than a sad failure at elementary technicalities and now studying up on exposure to do better from now on?

Good luck learning exposure!

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In reply to uhligfd, May 8, 2012

uhligfd wrote:

To save junk pictures, i.e. those that are doomed from the very start due to extreme technical inadequacies and to do so for others is giving no service at all. Sorry.

The original shooter does not learn how to take a proper pic, nor does he/she learn how to adjust a well taken or nearly well taken pic.

And all told the pic is still all junk or - at best - a gregarious digital manipulation.

Not worth anybody's 5 minutes ...

Why not learn to take good pics yourself right in camera? What is in this pic for you? Other than a sad failure at elementary technicalities and now studying up on exposure to do better from now on?

Good luck learning exposure!

Ouch. The OP did indicate lack of experience and was asking for advice. Along the way asked if someone could "rescue" a picture important to them. It was worth my 5 minutes to attempt a rescue, feeble as my attempt was. Anyway, hope the OP learns something from all the comments, biting or otherwise.

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