Old 05-12-2011, 05:13 PM   #1
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This photo got rejected for Noise/Grain.

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I am hoping someone can explain the best approach to eliminating/reducing said noise. I have PE 7.0 and attempted to try fixing it with Filter/Noise/Reduce Noise and moving the sliders around but I am not seeing it making much of an impact. Is there another approach?

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Old 05-12-2011, 10:32 PM   #2
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One of the challenges of fog shots is that sometimes the lighting gives you the effect of noise, so I think that's part of the issue. However, in this case I think you have also over-sharpened the photo, and that is contributing to the trouble as well. Notice how the power lines on the right have developed a case of the "jaggies"? If you back off a bit on the sharpening, I think that will make some of your fog-induced noise disappear as well. That's where I'd start.

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Needs more fog

Have you tried Neat Image? This demo is free. I prefer it to the PSE 7 noise reduction method, but it is limited in size capacity.
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It's backlit
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Yea, One of the best ways to show fog.
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Yea, One of the best ways to show fog.
I know that, but there is not enough fog for any sort of effect, so it's just an ugly backlit photo. Looks more like pollution/haze
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Thank you, prophet of the obvious.

It has potential, but it really lacks some color and it doesn't pop.
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It has potential, but it really lacks some color and it doesn't pop.
I had a little of that problem with this one. What helped was increasing the contrast (as per screener's rejection choice).
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I know that, but there is not enough fog for any sort of effect, so it's just an ugly backlit photo. Looks more like pollution/haze
Some one liked it, It got in.
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It's the time of day that made it work or Color of it.
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It has potential, but it really lacks some color and it doesn't pop.
My first thought. It needed a little more contrast and saturation.

And what do you know...

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It's the time of day that made it work or Color of it.
Looks much better than the rejection. Nice job, Missabefan.
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Thanks all for the help and suggestions. Yes, someone either liked it or just gave up and accepted it but it is "in" now

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Thanks all for the help and suggestions. Yes, someone either liked it or just gave up and accepted it but it is "in" now
I don't think they "gave up" by any means. Your accepted version looks much better than the rejected version. Your fix was exactly what it needed.
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Thanks Jim

I like how it turned out also. For the record, the area had a more obvious fog cover a half hour earlier but alas.....no trains.

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Old 05-14-2011, 12:34 PM   #14
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I really like the shot! The accepted version was a bit better, but I'd put my money on you winning at "screener roulette". (Is that a mixed gambling metaphor?)
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I'd put my money on you winning at "screener roulette".
Glad you aren't putting money on him "winning" at Russian Roulette, because that would be mean.
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