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Bryce - Cottonwood Rd - Escalante

Discussion in 'Landscapes, Architecture, and Cityscapes' started by Bright Angel, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. Bright Angel

    Bright Angel Guest

    Three from Bryce Canyon, Cottonwood Road and Devil's Garden.










    Thanks for looking :biggrin:
  2. Very nice! I love the colors. What body?
  3. Geez, you actually found a jackrabbit and he stayed put for a while? Secondly you drove Cottonwood Canyon Rd. Did you get any other shots of Cottonwood Canyon?
  4. Bright Angel

    Bright Angel Guest

    The Noisy D300

    Desert Rat,
    He/she stay put for about 10 mins while I took various photos.
    A very calm wabbit.

    All the shots I got were from the road side.
    Do you mean Hackberry Canyon ?
    I was given a sketch style map at the Paria Contact Station and that's the only "Canyon" mentioned on it.
    If there was a Cottonwood Canyon, I didn't see any turn offs to it.
    My other Cottonwood Road shots are here http://marque.zenfolio.com/p1024545643/ Photos 226 to 232.

    I also visited the Kodachrome Basin State Park (which from memory is on the same road), but I wasn't impressive and didn't take any shots, so I returned to Cottonwood Road to take some evening shots.
  5. Noisy? what are you talking about with the D300?
  6. Butlerkid

    Butlerkid Cafe Ambassador Moderator

    Apr 8, 2008
    Rutledge, Tennessee
    Excellent photos! as usual!

    The southwest is fabulous! Please share more!
  7. aos111


    Mar 9, 2008
    little rock ar
    Geat shots. I really like the last shot.

  8. wow....
    every one of them
    great stuff

    thanks for sharing with us
  9. Bright Angel

    Bright Angel Guest

    Thank you all :smile:

    My D300 is just a noise bucket :eek: 
    I need to run noise reduced software on any shot that features a sky.
    Even the bunny got some :biggrin:
  10. What ISO? Are you serious?
  11. Bright Angel

    Bright Angel Guest

    I only use ISO 200, unfortunately I am.
  12. What are you converting with? I get no noise at all at ISO 200. Are you having to increase exposure after the fact in software? Expose to the right is a good adage to remember for digital. It's best, of course to get a good exposure, but if you are going to be off, it is better to be a little overexposed, rather than underexposed.
  13. Awesome pics. I love the Southwest.
  14. Bright Angel

    Bright Angel Guest

    Thank you PLPhoto

    I use NX2, I do a fair bit of PP.

    Here's a 100% crop of picture 8.
    I've just loaded it into NX2, cropped it and saved it as a JPEG (no compression.
    It's the middle shot of a 3 shot bracket.


    My camera is set to aRGB, 14bit RAW, D2X Mode 3 Picture control (sharpening is set to 6).
  15. I see oversharpening, that's not sensor noise.
  16. ArtO


    Jun 14, 2008
    Great shots. The bunny is really cute.
  17. Bright Angel

    Bright Angel Guest

    Thank you ArtO

    Here's a 100% crop, with the sharpening set to 0 (still in D2X Mode 3).
    Can you explain to process I'd need to follow to finish up with a sharp image without the noise ?
    I usually import into NX2 then do minor adjustments, before opening into CS3.

    Step 1. Reduce the sharpening of the image from 6 to 0 in NX2.
    Step 2. ......

    Thank you.
  18. I use smart sharpen in CS3.
  19. Very beautiful photography with awesome colors and excellent visual design.
    Very nice!
    William Rodriguez
    Miami, Florida.
  20. I meant to say there is something here I do not understand. Although sharpening is not going to be processed into a RAW file I cannot understand why you have to remove the sharpness. Isn't it better to start with sharpening off?
    You are the first person I hear saying that the D300 is noisy at ISO 200 and the first person to shoot only at ISO 200 with the D300.
    I agree with hotrod 4x5 on sharpening and noise.
    William Rodriguez
    Miami, Florida.
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