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Old May 21, 2008, 10:26 PM   #1
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Finally got my Tamron 70-300 lens. I had to drive to the Fedex place twice to get it! I'm hoping it was worth all the trouble I've had just getting it.

Anyway, need to make my grandson's birthday card, but thought I'd post my first attempt this morning with the lens. (Anyone know where to find some good Sesame Street clip art?)

This was taken this morning in our yard with the K100D and Tamron 70-300. Yes, someoneneeds to mow the lawn. There is a lot of noise in the background. I'm not sure because I had the ISO set to high (800), or I wasn't steady enough with the lens. I was laying on the grass flat to the ground. This lens is much heavier than anything I'm used to. I may be embarrassed once I see this online. But, here goes.

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Old May 21, 2008, 11:02 PM   #2
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Patty, hope you don't mind but I removed the noise and brought back the sharpness that was lost due to noise reduction, using PSE6. I like this type of photo, simple and elegant. No need for embarrassment about the photo, but maybe the state of the yard :lol:.
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Old May 22, 2008, 8:06 AM   #3
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Sharp photo Patty! You'll like that lens I'm sure. I always blame the wife for a messy yard. She doesn't nag me enough so defacto...Her fault! LOL

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Not bad - and I think we should start a thread dedicated to the humble dandilion. It's a fun plant to photograph, very rewarding. I have all kinds of pictures of them.
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Not bad - and I think we should start a thread dedicated to the humble dandilion. It's a fun plant to photograph, very rewarding. I have all kinds of pictures of them.
Yeah !, I agree Harriet ... I posted here a few days ago ... Jack

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Old May 22, 2008, 3:54 PM   #6
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This one was take at 1 o'clock according to the dandelion clock!
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Old May 23, 2008, 7:20 AM   #7
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Thanks, everyone.

Dan, I had already run it through Neat Image (via PSE6) and USM. Can you tell me what settings you used when you did it? On the NI I only used the it's selects, the USM I think was at 85, 1.5, 4.

Am hoping to get some more shots with it this weekend. There hasn't been a spare second this week for much of anything.

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Old May 27, 2008, 9:41 PM   #8
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Patty, I magnified to 200 or 300%, then used Filters>Noise>Reduce Noise with settings: Strength 9, Preserve Details 70%, Reduce Color Noise 20%. Then to Enhance>Unsharp Mask with settings Amount 40%, Radius 1.8 and Threshold 2. I think the noise reduction that I did is barely noticeable, until you enlarge the photo. I am a little surprised that I doubled up on the sharpness, since you also sharpened. But I have to stress that I prefer more rather than less sharpness. I try to stop just short of the appearance of halos.
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