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Old Jun 19, 2010, 10:47 PM   #11
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Wonderful shots! Amazing what LR3 did - I didn't try it when it was out in Beta, now if I can find a good excuse to upgrade I just might.
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Old Jun 20, 2010, 3:20 AM   #12
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These are fabulous, Ronny!
I'm surprised with the ISO 3200 shots, they turned out great.
Funny, the Ferris wheel is one of the few rides I will go on.
They do have
(as you have shown) a fantastic view!
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Old Jun 20, 2010, 3:34 AM   #13
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Wonderful shots! Amazing what LR3 did - I didn't try it when it was out in Beta, now if I can find a good excuse to upgrade I just might.
Thanks Harriet,

I had the beta, but never used it much - there was a difference between the NR but never really tested it on real situations.
A few weeks back the LR3 appeared and I used one of my backup usb disks for the upgrade. (pc at work), and was very happy with the results.
I then downloaded some high image shots from a review site (k20,K7,Kx) and tried to see what I could get out of them. The Kx stays the winner but the K20 and K7 are very close.
After that result I decided to get the update (myself) . [I'm still trying to get the photoshopcs5 through my boss/work, but that takes time - and to be honest costs to much]
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Old Jun 20, 2010, 8:05 AM   #14
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Adobe offers very good academic discounts, so I can get both for significantly less than the retail price. Maybe this fall I'll think of some really good reason to upgrade both programs. I upgraded to CS4 from CS2 and LR2 when I switched computer platforms - that was really convenient!
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Harriet, I've read that the improvements in CS5 are more for the graphic artist and web features than they are for the photographer. Even at the academic upgrade price, I think I'll wait for CS6.
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I don't think I would upgrade the cs4 to the cs5 if I had to pay for it, (even at academic discount).

Lightroom is another story. The one thing I had against Lightroom was not being able to get a descent noise reduction in it. I tried dfine from Nik Software, but that didn't give the results I wanted.
So when having to much noise I used NoiseNinja under Photoshop to clean the pictures up.

Now LR3 has a much better NR, as good as any other plugin you can get, so for me the upgrade was worth it. Also its a lot less than the photoshop.
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Great shots Ronny - love the river view.

Antwerp holds great memories for me as I moved down there from Amsterdam to work for a few months and met my wife there. I lived on the Plantein en Moretuslei (if I've remembered how to spell it correctly ! ) near to the Kaiserlei by the station.
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Thanks for the opinions, my intention is always to skip a generation when it comes to Photoshop. LR isn't bad with the discount.

As far as noise reduction, I never got along well with Noise Ninja for some reason. I like Topaz Lab's Denoise, especially the latest version, though its slow. It would be nice if I could have a faster option that works well, so I'll probably do that and skip CS5 for now.
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