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Slobodan Blagojevic

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Miami, 6:34 AM
« on: January 12, 2018, 01:06:06 PM »

A view from the port, mid-December:


Miami, 6:34 am, December
by Slobodan Blagojevic, on Flickr
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Re: Miami, 6:34 AM
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2018, 01:51:35 PM »

A splendid shot, Slobodan! Bravo.

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Re: Miami, 6:34 AM
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2018, 06:57:13 PM »

Ah, yes, finally a recognisable Slobodan-image again. Excessive noise though, even at this size...
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Re: Miami, 6:34 AM
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2018, 07:19:20 PM »

... Excessive noise though, even at this size...

I envy your eyesight ;)

The shot was taken at 200mm, 1/80s, f/4.0, handheld from a ship, at 6400 ISO, so couldn't do much about it. I tried some noise-reduction software (outside LR) but came to the conclusion that I prefer the original noise, which looks like fine grains of salt, than the smudged one that looks like a can of worms (at close inspection) that a stand-alone noise-reduction software typically delivers.
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Re: Miami, 6:34 AM
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2018, 08:36:22 PM »

Urban landscape! Very nice, no noise, bad eyesight! Still, I like.

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Re: Miami, 6:34 AM
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2018, 09:02:09 PM »

Great shot of a weird city. My only nit is that the green highway signs at the bottom of the frame are too bright relative to the overall scene.
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Re: Miami, 6:34 AM
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2018, 08:55:24 AM »

I envy your eyesight ;)

The shot was taken at 200mm, 1/80s, f/4.0, handheld from a ship, at 6400 ISO, so couldn't do much about it. I tried some noise-reduction software (outside LR) but came to the conclusion that I prefer the original noise, which looks like fine grains of salt, than the smudged one that looks like a can of worms (at close inspection) that a stand-alone noise-reduction software typically delivers.

Slobodan, You might want to try DxO's PhotoLab Elite. Its noise reduction is in a class by itself in comparison with the other stuff I've tried over the years. There are two versions of noise reduction in PL. One is called "HQ (fast)," and the other is called PRIME. If you select PRIME, you then must export the picture to disk, during which action the noise reduction works. The export and noise reduction takes quite a while, but it's the best I've seen.

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Re: Miami, 6:34 AM
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2018, 04:21:20 PM »

The noise in the sky doesn't bother me. However, if you decide to make a big print...

I've had to come up with some unique recipes for dealing with nighttime scenes shot with my Olympus 43 cameras. I've tried Topaz Denoise 5, and I think the results I get  in PS are far better. And, I've found that there is a fine line between too much noise reduction and not enough.

For example, to mitigate the noise in the sky, I'd flatten the file so it's only one layer. Then duplicate it and convert it to a "smart layer," Add gaussian blur to the bottom layer--not much, maybe  a pixel or two or three. Then add noise (color gaussian) 1% to 2% usually works. And finally, apply .5-1.0 gaussian blur.

Now go back to the top layer, create a mask, select the sky  fill black (or any neutral shade) and see how it looks.

I like leaving the bottom layer a "smart layer" so that it can be re-edited to accommodate a range of print sizes or web resolution.
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Re: Miami, 6:34 AM
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2018, 06:27:53 PM »

However, if you decide to make a big print...
How the times have changed.
For me, for many years, a "regular" size print was 8x10", and a "big print" was 11x14" (but I did make one 16x20" print once, even without trays big enough).

Now, for me, a "big print" is 13x19" and a "huge print" is 17x22" (of which I've only made about a half dozen).

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Re: Miami, 6:34 AM
« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2018, 03:02:29 AM »

How the times have changed.
For me, for many years, a "regular" size print was 8x10", and a "big print" was 11x14" (but I did make one 16x20" print once, even without trays big enough).

Now, for me, a "big print" is 13x19" and a "huge print" is 17x22" (of which I've only made about a half dozen).

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16 X 20 Agfa Brovira: Fond  memories.
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Re: Miami, 6:34 AM
« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2018, 10:46:54 AM »

16 X 20 Agfa Brovira: Fond  memories.
Agfa Brovira was my main paper for a number of years. Here's my Brovira memory:

The only wedding I ever photographed was for a friend while we were both in college. I was using a strobe that took forever to recharge after each shot, and, being impatient (and ignorant) I didn't wait long enough, so most of the negs were grossly underexposed. That was the one time I really needed Agfa Brovira #6 to get a few barely usable prints.

My friend was very forgiving. He is still a good friend, although long since devorced. 

 :'(
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