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Pixel Perfect wrote:
For comparison purposes, below is an ISO 3200 shot from a couple of days ago and a 100% crop. Note that the shot was taken on an extremely cloudy day, and I normally wouldn't even bother to shoot on a day like that because I don't like the pictures from cloudy days for reasons other than noise. Also note that I don't have nearly the skills as some of the others do at processing, post processing, and dealing with noise. For this shot, I basically just used default settings for dealing with noise in ACR. The converted TIFF just had a slight shadow/highlight adjustment and some sharpening. While the noise is visible in the background of the 100%, I think it disappears nicely in the full image, and, at ISO 3200, I'll take it, which is why the image that Conrad posted at ISO 400 puzzles me. And, again, I know that some of the others posting in this thread could do a lot better with the processing than I did.
Les what was the detail setting in ACR you used? Was it 25 which IIRC is the default. If so try moving it down to 5 as I can see a bit of that graininess pattern LR introduces with the detail slider in the eagles head feathers.
I don't recall, and I don't have access to the computer on which the file is at the moment. In any case, I normally wouldn't shoot under those conditions anyway. I actually took the picture for two reasons. First, after seeing some of the posts in this thread, I thought I'd give ISO 3200 a try. Also, I took the picture because I wanted to get a better look at what was under the eagle's talon than what I could get with the naked eye. I also should have pointed out that the full picture posted is actually cropped to less than 1/2 of the original frame, which further deteriorates image quality, and regardless of the graininess that may be in the bird's head at 100%, to my eye, it does disappear in the full image.