Boring Everyone With The Moon

Nights at sea with the full moon are interesting. I would have loved to capture one on a photo, but night is also when the boat is really moving (occasionally approaching 25mph). It may not sound like much, but the sea does not take kindly to being cut open . . . it fights back. 

Meaning there is a lot of motion; long exposures would not work, and short exposures would have to be shot at a very high ISO (which I should have done). 

BUT . . . the moon is easy to shoot hand-held, and the atmospheric distortion was not too bad.

I was using the 80-400mm lens, spot metering, and shooting at 400 ISO. This is what the shot looks like as taken and uncropped.

Cruise 2014, Bird, Moon,

There is no SmugMug gallery . . . the full-size shots are all here (click for full version on a new tab or window), but since most of the content is black, the files are reasonably small. However, since most of the frame is black, it also makes sense to crop.

Here’s where it gets boring . . . I use Lightroom, I use onOne, I use Topaz, I use DxO, and I recently got the Nik Suite as part of renewing my NAPP (Kelby One) membership. I figure, what better way to check out the programs.

Here’s how it’s gonna work . . . the first photo in the series will be processed to death (multiple copies of the same photo processed with different programs and treatments).

Here is the photo as shot (cropped, and output from Lightroom without any adjustments).

Cruise 2014, Bird, Moon,

I should mention one other thing . . . the moon is bright. Very bright. If I show it as bright as it is, all the features would be lost. When I photograph the moon, I spot meter, and bump the aperture a bit to give me more sedate photos. 

Anyway, that’s the shot . . . I then apply some noise reduction because subsequent sharpening would produce too much grain.

Lightroom Noise Reduction

Lightroom Noise Reduction

As you might notice, it seems to wash the picture out. My normal processing is to then pass it through the onOne tweaks I use for most of my photos.

Cruise 2014, Bird, Moon,

As you can see, it brings back some detail. Note that this is still a color photo. 

The moon should be shown as B&W, and I can do that in Lightroom.

Cruise 2014, Bird, Moon,

Not bad . . . so, let’s call these the baselines for both color and B&W shots.

Here’s the Nick Collection 1.28 

DFine for Noise Reduction, taking the noise reduction version and running it through my onOne process, and finally Silver Efex Pro for B&W conversion. As far as I could, I used the default or automatic values.

DFine Noise Reduction

DFine Noise Reduction

DFine Noise Reduction and Disperser onOne preset

DFine Noise Reduction and Disperser onOne preset

DFine Noise Reduction and Silver Efex Pro

DFine Noise Reduction and Silver Efex Pro

Note . . . I could have made all of the initial photos brighter, or I could have made all of the final photos brighter, but I opted to leave them all as processed so as to facilitate comparison for them who are interested.

Topaz 

Using Topaz DeNoise plugin, then taking the result through Disperser onOne processing, and finally taking the DeNoise version and using Topaz’s B&W plugin to convert.

Topaz DeNoise

Topaz DeNoise

Topaz DeNoise with Disperser onOne Processing

Topaz DeNoise with Disperser onOne Processing

Topaz Black & White Processing

Topaz Black & White Processing

In every module, the conversion to B&W produces a brighter photo.

OnOne Perfect Suite 9

OnOne noise reduction options in Perfect Effects (there are no defaults, so I chose a ‘medium’ setting), then applying the onOne Disperser treatment, and finally taking the reduced noise version, and running it through onOne Perfect B&W module.

onOne Perfect Effects noise reduction

onOne Perfect Effects noise reduction

Cruise 2014, Bird, Moon,

onOne Perfect Effects noise reduction plus Disperser Processing

onOne Perfect Effects noise reduction  plus onOne Perfect B&W

onOne Perfect Effects noise reduction plus onOne Perfect B&W

Now we come to the reason I like the DxO suite . . . 

DxO Optics Pro 10

Like the others, first the DxO noise reduction . . . 

Cruise 2014, Moon,

. . . followed by my onOne post-processing treatment.

Cruise 2014, Bird, Moon,

It might not be evident without closely comparing the photos, but that retains a lot more of the original detail, and does so with less noise.

Here are the color photos in order for comparison . . . 

LR noise reduction, onOne post processing

LR noise reduction, onOne post processing

DFine Noise Reduction and Disperser onOne preset

DFine Noise Reduction and Disperser onOne preset

Topaz DeNoise with Disperser onOne Processing

Topaz DeNoise with Disperser onOne Processing

Cruise 2014,Moon,

OnOne noise reduction and disperser processing

Cruise 2014, Moon,

DxO noise reduction and onOne post disperser processing

See? I said it would be boring . . . 

. . . in my opinion, the DxO produced the best image after the noise reduction, and the best post-processed image, edging out onOne itself for first place.

DxO does not have a B&W converter per se, and I did not want to play around with it to come up with a B&W image (I could have), but it does have a Film Pack that has B&W film. I picked the Ilford Pan 100.

Cruise 2014, Bird, Moon,

Not as good as the others because the film emulation reintroduces some grain.

So, what have we learned.

1) One could probably tweak settings in each of the programs to get pretty good results.

2) DXO’s noise reduction is unrivaled (for now).

I have a few more boring photos . . . 

Lightroom Noise Reduction, LR B&W

Lightroom Noise Reduction, LR B&W

Cruise 2014, Bird, Moon,

Lightroom Noise Reduction, onOne Perfect B&W

Lightroom Noise Reduction, LR B&W

Lightroom Noise Reduction, LR B&W

Lightroom Noise Reduction, onOne Perfect B&W

Lightroom Noise Reduction, onOne Perfect B&W

DxO noise Reduction, LR B&W,

DxO noise Reduction, LR B&W,

I plan to do a bit more with DxO Noise Reduction, this time on really high ISO shots. 

. . . but, that’s a boring post for another time.

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13 Responses to Boring Everyone With The Moon

  1. sandra getgood says:

    I admire your intense dedication and your determination to get the best possible results, but have to go take a nap now……..

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  2. Rachael says:

    Wow. When you do something, you do it properly!

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    • disperser says:

      This was mainly for me, and the one or two people who are interested in such things.

      It happened that I had both a new program (Nick by Google) and two recent upgrades to two programs I already owned. I wanted to see the comparison. The majority of the readers won’t care, and will lose interest after one or two images.

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  3. oneowner says:

    The LR noise reduction and onOne Perfect B&W is one of the best. The moon is a subject that can take a lot of playing around and still remain a good image if you start out with one as nice as this. I have the onOne Suite 8 and I’m trying to decide if Suite 9 is worth the extra $100. What is your impression?

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    • disperser says:

      I have not played with everything yet. It appears to be faster, and I am using it a lot for tweaking photos, but I was gone for most of the time after the upgrade ($90).

      I also can’t remember now why I opted to upgrade. I made the decision in september or october, when it was announced (they give you a slight break on the early orders), and it was based on a couple of capabilities that were added or improved. Were I younger, I would remember. That said, it depends on your workflow. Perhaps their improvements are not in areas you use. So far I am happy, but I also am not doing an A-toB comparison between the new and the old, and I liked the previous version already.

      That said, I am reaching the point where on most of my software, unless they have some incredibly significant advantage in the upgrades, I will opt to stay with what I got. As it is I don’t use all the capabilities offered up.

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    • disperser says:

      Hmm . . . perhaps because I’m looking at native files, but the Noise Reduction component (not the final version) in DxO is leaps and bounds superior to both of those.

      I aim to do a few more comparisons with very High ISO photos. That said, it may also come down to preference and final presentation. I find that cropping high ISO photos is hampered by the noise (i.e. larger view, more noise).

      DxO was able to maintain a fair amount of detail, allowing for more latitude in the post-processing. Perhaps it did not come across in the above post, or perhaps it comes down to personal preferences.

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  4. Eddy Winko says:

    I would say you have too much free time, but you use it well :)

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    • disperser says:

      Quite the opposite . . . I pay dearly for the time I have, and it’s not nearly enough.

      As for using it well, there are so many things I want to do, more things I should do, and things I wish I could do. In many ways, our lives are too rich.

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  5. Wow! Amazing shots! I am never bored with the moon or your photos of the moon!
    HUGS!!! :-)

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    • disperser says:

      Thanks . . . it was meant more for the people who have interest in the tools, but the shot was a nice one.

      We do occasionally get very clear nights here, usually associated with bitter cold (like now), but I don’t feel like going out risking various assets to the unforgiving cold.

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  6. AnnMarie says:

    From one luna-tic to another . . . great shots, and thanks for all the work you do to provide creative and professional photos!

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