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06-25-2007, 11:01 PM   #1
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What did I do wrong???

How come I ended up with so much noise.
Very much a beginner but just trying to see if there is a better setting I can use. I cud get a lot of the noise out using the surface blur filter in PS but I dont think that low iso performance is this bad. btw this is the original unedited photo


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very interesting picture dingnecros, the noise actually works with that pic

ISO 1600 is way too high. I can't see why you couldn't use 200 for such a photograph.
Then the noise will be minimal.

Personally I only take my camera off ISO 200 if I'm photographing moving subjects where I don't want any blur.
I'm even shooting flying birds on 200 now, with good results.

Good luck and have fun with it
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Camera jpegs are noiser especially with high iso. RAW with proper convert will be much better.
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jpgs are smoother than raws. they have a smoothing applied, raw is sharper and will produce noise once it's processed; looks kinda like film grain.

i'd buy a tripod or a faster lens, 180mm @ f5.6 @ iso1600 seems like you were hand holding it.

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QuoteOriginally posted by attack11 Quote
jpgs are smoother than raws. they have a smoothing applied, raw is sharper and will produce noise once it's processed; looks kinda like film grain.
Not quite. Different raw converters apply different amount of sharpening by default, some cannot be turned off completely even with sharpening set to 0. For example, ACR is able to convert iso1600 raw much better than Silkypix which is again better than RSE.
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Noise wouldn't be so bad but you have that VPN thing going on. Anyone care to tell me how that can be corrected short of reshooting at a better iso (which I agree is the best option) .......?????
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Why there are no EXIF info for the edited original photo?

p.s. Your attached image is too large to fit in the post box! Why not just post the link - we can download the pic if like. :-)
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I have downloaded also your provided direct link for your pic and this time I can inspect the EXIF.

As for the K10D at ISO 1600, I would say nothing was wrong and this *is* *normal*. Do note that noise are usually more a problem at shadow areas and that's the case of your sample.

It's actually a problem of 10MP+ DSLRs with a small sized CCD/CMOS of APS-C. That's physics for the physical limitation. Unless there is some kinds of technology breakthrough, I can't see the high ISO pictures of those DSLRs can be better, frankly speaking.

I notice that you have the latest firmware version 1.20 installed too. So, this would be the best result you can get already with the in-camera jpeg when you shoot under such severe condition.

QuoteOriginally posted by RiceHigh Quote
Why there are no EXIF info for the edited original photo?

p.s. Your attached image is too large to fit in the post box! Why not just post the link - we can download the pic if like. :-)


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Bottom line , there is no reason in the world for you to be shooting in ISO 1600 or most of the time even 800, it's overkill.When you do need it the noise is the trade off with digital cameras. Keep you ISO low and the noise will be no problem.
And please resize for the forum to around or bellow 800 width so it is not a problem for folks with slower connections.
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I was just roaming around and didn't have a tripod with me this twig was very different from the rest of the vegetation in the area. I have nothing against tripods but sometimes they are just an overkill especially with the SR system in camera body. Here are some more photos I took on the same day. Just playing with white balance and color temps. These are all hosted off my home server so might get slow with multiple people accessing the files at the same time.

http://hexen.game-host.org:1212/main.php/v/addygoel/Creve+Coeur+Lake/

Also I do realize raw shooting would help in many cases and but being the total n00b I am at this point I would be a bit hesitant to use raw all the time as I dont have the patience or expertise to develop each and every raw photo. I would really like to settle for a few in camera settings that give me acceptable jpegs to begin with and then work from there to raw images. This was also the primary reason I got the K10d . I had the nikon D40x but it felt too basic same with the k100d. I fell in love with the K10d as it actually makes things easier and helps you learn the system and the photograph rather than just do everything for you
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QuoteOriginally posted by wlachan Quote
Not quite. Different raw converters apply different amount of sharpening by default, some cannot be turned off completely even with sharpening set to 0. For example, ACR is able to convert iso1600 raw much better than Silkypix which is again better than RSE.
quite. you need to look into the jpg format more; but a hint... jpg isn't lossless, it'll be smoother.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RiceHigh Quote
Why there are no EXIF info for the edited original photo?

p.s. Your attached image is too large to fit in the post box! Why not just post the link - we can download the pic if like. :-)
there's a couple of exif extensions for firefox. you should install one; very handy.
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QuoteOriginally posted by attack11 Quote
quite. you need to look into the jpg format more; but a hint... jpg isn't lossless, it'll be smoother.
Actually I know the shortcoming of jpeg pretty well. But with Pentax at least, in-camera jpeg processing is still behind good RAW convert and it shows with high iso. The noise with the OP picture is not really the result of jpeg compression, but more of camera processing.
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Noise wouldn't be so bad but you have that VPN thing going on. Anyone care to tell me how that can be corrected short of reshooting at a better iso (which I agree is the best option) .......?????
Buy the replacement "K10D Super" in a couple of months that fixes this.

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QuoteOriginally posted by mutley Quote
Buy the replacement "K10DS" in a couple of months that fixes this.
Or hold out for the K18d in september!
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