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Old Jan 30, 2011, 8:50 PM   #1
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An excuse to post some shots taken from the outside door of our building, one is a repeat but the second was new from this evening about an hour after sunset. (The arctic is the opposite to the tropics, twilight here goes on forever). I am hoping to brave the cold and get some aurora shots in the next couple of weeks.

The camera was set on ISO 1600 for the hockey this afternoon and I didn't check properly so you can see the vertical banding that the K10D will sometimes show in dark scenes at ISO 1600. This is the first time I have made that particular mistake, these do not show up in better lit scenes, read about it here: http://www.luminous-landscape.com/re...ntax-10D.shtml
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Old Jan 31, 2011, 9:25 AM   #2
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Beautiful shots! Love the color in the second one. The vertical banding on the K10 is significant, and it's difficult to remove with software. The latest version of DeNoise has an option to deal with banding, but neither the K7 nor the K5 seem to ever have much, so I don't know how good it might work. I should dig out some of my noisiest K10 pictures (if I still have any) and see what it would do with them. Or if you haven't tried it yet, Topaz Labs allows you to download the program and use it for something like 14 days as a trial. Might be worth checking out, if you haven't already.
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Old Jan 31, 2011, 9:14 PM   #3
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I've already commented on the first shot, and I like the second shot at least as much. It occurs to me that (assuming your vantage point for this pingo is easily accessible) you could take many shots of the pingo and sky, revealing the many different moods of the arctic. You already have two stunning entries for that series!

By the way, for whatever it's worth, the vertical banding is visible, but I find the image so compelling the banding does not detract from that fine image.
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Old Jan 31, 2011, 10:25 PM   #4
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Thanks mtnman. Mtngal, I haven't delved much into software in the last few years (suffer from early PS burnout) but I now have Light Room 2.5, Noiseware Standard edition, Photomatix pro, Photoshop elements 6 and Picasa 3.8. I use what I need to get the image I want but still have a great deal to learn (and even relearn in some cases).
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I like them both, the first one a little more, They could have been taken in a dessert or on a foggy mountain range. neat shots

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Nice capture, Ira!
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Beautiful photos, and, as MtnMan suggests, great way to illustrate the changing moods.
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