We had our first "decent" snow today. It's stopped now, and I've got the shoveling finished. But while eating lunch, I noticed that the birds have finally discovered the new bird feeder. This little guy had it all to himself.
I'm posting two images, the first is straight out of the camera. The second had some noise reduction applied using Noiseware. Which do you think is better? I can't decided and would like a few opinions.
I could not see any difference between those two shots on my monitor with my aging eyes.
The only thing I would possibly suggest, if at all possible would be to get a little more detail on the bird. It's dark feathers make getting more detail really tough, but as it stands, the bird sort of looks like a very uniform dark shape. Maybe tweaking with a little HDR might work. Anyway, you asked for comments, and that was all I could think of.
I agree with Jerry, the difference is very minor. The noise-reduced version is a bit smoother, but it doesn't make the photo more pleasant, just a tiny different (smoother) if looking at pixels. Nice captture, Jim,
Thank's guys, I didn't see much difference either. The second is a little softer. I was tempted to use the HDR setting on the ZS15, but decided against it. That little critter was jumping all over the place and I figured even with the burst, it would still be blurry. I could have lightened the shadows a bit, but I wanted to keep post processing as simple as possible. Here it is lightened a bit using FastStone.
I'm with Jerry & Daniel.
It seems a bit dark to me (my possible datk monitor may add to that)
Here's 50% "Lighten Shadows in PSE8 (pretty high amount !) and some Unsharp Mask:
Yeah, I agree that HDR might be difficult with a moving bird!
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I think the lightening definitely brought out more detail around the bird's head and shoulders (if birds have shoulders).
My thoughts lean toward making the subject (in this case the bird) look as good as possible at the expense of the rest of the scene if that is the result.
The other thought, (and this is a taste issue and not a criticism) is if I did that shot, I thnk I would have filled the frame a bit more with the bird. But you need to tweak the photo so it looks best to you, not anybody else.
Please forgive my playing with your photo.
Difficult shot, dark bird in limited light. I think it came out pretty good. Like the background very much.
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