As well as some sensational sunets/moonsets lately, we’ve been treated to some simply super sunrises too and I’ve been up early enough on a few mornings to watch them unfold.
I’ve also downloaded a trial version of DxO PhotoLab 5 to have a play with, mainly for it’s AI noise reduction feature.
Now, I know Photoshop pretty well and have a good grasp on selective noise control and sharpening but it can be time consuming doing lots of images (wedding shoot for example), so I’m keen to see if DxO can improve my workflow and results. I’ve also considered the Topaz range of tools too an might give their trial a go.
I really only started playing with DxO tonight on a few images and at the moment it’s slowing me down finding my way around but it’s reasonably intuitive. I’ve had mixed results with it dealing with noise pretty well, but need to work on retaining detail where I want it, so will give it some more time.
The image below was run through DxO for noise reduction, opened as a RAW DNG file directly into Photoshop and adjusted highlights and shadows some more.
I’ve also taken a few shots with the “new” 70-300mm lens, but it’s like the birds know and stay away! But, below will give you an idea of it’s reach – an amazing range with just two lenses.
The shot above was taken with the 14-150 @14mm (28mm FF). The shot below is uncropped and is at 300mm (600mm FF) – zoomed in on the lowest bright orange bit of sky seen between the tree branches (left third of shot) above (also shown in the middle of the header image).
And lastly, the image above cropped to pixel size …
Scroll back up and have another look at 14mm ….
Insane right?!! Bed time.