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Old Jul 25, 2014, 1:30 AM   #1
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All the nice sunset and blue hour photos posted recently (I'm looking at you ramcewan and drew) inspired me to do one of my own.

This one taken with the original Lumix 20mm f1.7 pancake at f1.7 and 1/20 sec. Since it was handheld I opened it up to to minimize shutter speed. Having done so left the water a little hard. Enter the LR Adjustment Brush: minimize Clarity, minimize Sharpness, maximize Noise Reduction and brush a little softness into the water. Works in a pinch.
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Old Jul 25, 2014, 2:37 PM   #2
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Looks good! Where is it? I'm surprised maximized noise reduction still left it with some good detail (just on the water, right?)
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I'm standing over the Willamette River in Salem on an abandoned early 1900's RR bridge that was converted to a pedestrian bridge in the last decade. One of my favorite nearby places to shoot. See Below.

Yes, NR was maxed and applied to just the water using the brush. Unlike the standard NR tool in Lightroom where you can choose Luminance or Color NR along with a density level the Brush Tool NR doesn't appear to have those fine-tuning options. Just 0 to 100 on the slider.
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Yeah, same thing using the noise reduction adjustment brush in Adobe Camera raw in Photoshop CC. I'm figuring it's primarily affecting the luminance noise.

That was a neat thing to do with an abandoned railroad bridge.
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That was a neat thing to do with an abandoned railroad bridge.
Truly. Union Pacific deeded it to the city for a dollar in 2003. UP also established half million fund for maintenance. 3.2M for renovation born by the city and various benefactors. Works for me.
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I like it Alan, very cool blue hour shot, the softening you did on the water looks natural and had you not told me I would have thought it was from a longer exposure.

I also have to say that I really like the last shot you posted with the sunset sky and the bridge. You have a real knack for composing bridge shots, well done!
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You have a real knack for composing bridge shots, well done!
Thanks ramcewan. It's hard to miss with this bridge although I wouldn't say a few didn't end up on the cutting room floor.
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Last two of the bridge or people will get bored. Actually it's only one photo. The first copy is after applying more noise reduction than normal because it was shot at ISO 3200. The second employs fog to hide the noise (which was mostly apparent in the sky).

The EM1 has a very low noise ratio but when you're use to shooting ISO 200 you can start to see a difference.
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Very nice shots Chipersei,

The 3rd and 5th shots are my favorite.

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