This article features a selection of hawk image rescue attempts that I did in post processing this morning. As regular readers will know I recently added Topaz Denoise AI to my standard post processing approach.
What follows are five handheld images, all captured at ISO-3200 in poor light with a Nikon 1 V3 and 1 Nikkor CX 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 telephoto zoom lens. The out-of-camera jpeg (OOC) is shown, followed by a jpeg that I processed from the corresponding RAW file for each photograph. The OOC images will illustrate that each of the photographs was underexposed.
Last year I tried some image rescue attempts with these photographs and was not happy with the results that I was able to achieve. Having added Topaz Denoise AI seemed to be a good enough reason to give it another shot.
So, let’s have a look at my latest hawk image rescue attempts, this time done with my revised post processing approach. I did not make any spot adjustments other than removing a few small streaks caused by snowflakes falling.
NOTE: Click on images to enlarge.
Like many people who use DxO PhotoLab software I have a number of custom presets. I used a couple of them as the starting point for all of my hawk image rescue attempts in this article.
You will notice some differences in the processed files as I noodled around with a number of adjustments in the various programs that I use. The common dynamic with all of the processed images is that I gave myself a maximum of 5 minutes, including computer processing time, to complete each image rescue attempt.
In all cases I exported a DNG file from DxO PhotoLab 2 into CS6. Then I did some common slider adjustments. I also used Levels with some of the images.
Depending on the sample image I did some adjustments with the Nik Collection, typically with functions found in Viveza 2 or Color Efex Pro 4. I may have pushed things a bit too far with some images… but hey… I was only doing some testing.
After I was done using the Nik Collection, I ran the images through Topaz Denoise AI. I wasn’t expecting miracles, but just wanted to see if I could realistically use any of the images to at least produce some smaller sized prints. I believe will be possible based on these quick test image rescue attempts.
Photographs were captured hand-held using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. Images were produced from RAW files using my standard process. Photographs are display as 100% captures without any cropping.
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