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That's really a dramatic illustration of how good the camera can be, in the right hands (including PP skill). Could you briefly outline what steps you used for noise reduction/sharpening, so that perhaps others could duplicate it?
Thank you, Mark. Sticking strictly with sharpening and noise reduction, as I recall I opened RAW (Photoshop CC) and processed the RAW image using these settings (courtesy of Romy):
Luminance NR = 25
Luminance Detail = 80
Luminance Contrast = 0
Color NR = 25
Color Detail = 50
I left the sharpening to the default setting.
On the subsequent converted JPEG, I selected the duck and in Layers menu chose New: Layer via Copy and then used the New: Layer from Background for the rest of the image. For the background I used Topaz DeNoise on JPEG light or moderate setting and moved back to the Layer via copy to sharpen the duck using Smart Sharpen between 50 - 100% in this case, Radius: 0.5 px, Reduce Noise: 10%, and Remove: Gaussian. Then I flatten the layers.
I'm FAR from a PP guru, so I borrow suggestions from others and try to keep it in a simple format that I'm used to, including the tried and true "trial and error" method. There are probably better ways, but this is an approximation of what I do with many images of this type. Sometimes I use Neat Image on the advice of another FMer, and that can effectively do the JPEG's noise reduction and selective sharpening in one step, which saves time. This image was less difficult than some because of its relatively smooth background (water) and sharply defined main subject (duck).