Category Archives: Noise Reduction

Happy 4th from Cape Poge

Fireworks in Edgar Town across Vineyard Sound

Happy 4th to all. I am spending a few days with a dear friend in Cape Poge (a semi-private island off Chappaquiddick.

Photographed with the Panasonic Lumix S1R and the Lumix 24-105 f/4 lens. Exposure triad: f/8, 4 sec, ISO 640.

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Panasonic GX85 with the Leica 100 – 400mm lens

I received my GX85 a few days ago but yesterday was the first opportunity to try it out.  The GX85 with the Leica 100-400 is a superb combination.  Both these images are considerable crops.  There are two recently fledged Downy Woodpeckers, a male and a female who frequent the back yard.  I am most impressed with the detail from the GX85 (no anti-aliassing filter) and excellent image stabilization.


Hand-held at 400mm, ISO 200, f/6.3, 1/160 sec



Hand-held at 318mm, IS0 1600, f/5.7, 1/1000 sec

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The 4th of July weekend is next.  The weather forecast for the Greater Boston area looks good so why not try photographing fireworks.  In addition to the annual Boston Pops concert and fireworks, the Boston Harbor Fest will also have a fireworks display on July 2, 2016.  Here is an excerpt from the festival site: “Various sailors will decorate their boats and light up the Inner Harbor on Saturday, July 2nd. Live music on Long Wharf will lead up to an incredible fireworks display over Boston’s Inner Harbor.”

Here is a link to my tips page for photographing fireworks.


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A US Navy DC3 Cargo Wreck

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On Sólheimasandur a black sand beach in Iceland lies the remains of a Douglas Super DC-3 cargo plane that crashed here in 1973. The cargo aircraft was abandoned and is now a tourist attraction.  Though not easy to get to, it is a great photo opportunity. It tail section, wings and engines are all gone and its interior stripped.

The wreck is most photographed from the side you first see it when approaching the beach but on this evening on August 14, last year the dramatic clouds made an exceptional backdrop for the opposite side of the plane.

I am so looking forward to going back this September for another great workshop.

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Lucy Vincent Beach – Martha’s Vineyard


Lucy Vincent Beach Sunset

Lucy Vincent Beach Sunset. Exposure triad ISO 400, f/25, 60 sec.

Concluded a great photo workshop in Martha’s Vineyard yesterday.  A great group of photographers, and some great locations on the island.  Inclement weather did not prevent us from photographing the opportunities that were presented.  This image is one of my favorites where the last rays of the sun just kissed the rock on the shore at Lucy Vincent Beach.  We stayed on to do some light painting and astro photography before winding up for the night.  (More images to follow)

The Night Sky at Lucy Vincent Beach. 14mm, Exposure Triad ISO 1250, f/2.8, 20 sec

The Night Sky at Lucy Vincent Beach. 14mm, Exposure Triad ISO 1250, f/2.8, 20 sec.


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Day after New Moon

A different time

A different time

On a whim I set up the Swarovski scope to its lowest magnification at 30X.  The camera was the Panasonic Lumix GH4 set at ISO 1600, and 1/60 sec shutter.  The image when clicked on is the full frame from the camera 4680 X 3072 pixels.  The adjustments made to the raw file are: highlight recovery of -29, white balance adjusted to 5700 Kelvin (to taste),  noise reduction using Topaz Denoise version 6. A a touch of contrast and clarity to finish.  All this in the hope the weather stays good and I can get a few images of Jupiter this weekend.  I did not use a remote shutter release but will for the Jupiter images.

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One Day Workshop Schedule

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The following is the workshop schedule for the first half of 2016:


Workshop details are available from the Registration Page.

March 20 – Macro and Close-up Photography

March 26 – Flash Photography, High Speed flash, creative lighting

April 3 – Macro and Close-up Photography

April 9 – Portrait and Lighting Techniques

April 10 – Digital Photography A-Z.  This is a one day three part course that will teach you camera basics, post processing and printing.

June 4 – The Digital Darkroom – a course that covers image capture, asset management, processing and enhancement, output to print and web media. A one day program for digital image making workflow

June 5 – Flash Photography, High Speed flash, creative lighting

June 11 – Timelapse Photography, post processing and video assembly

June 12 – Macro and Close-up Photography

If you have any questions or would like more information please call 617-759-0010 or email

Please use this REGISTRATION link to register for these workshops.

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Battle of the Barges – Boston Sept 5, 2015


Blue Hour before the Fireworks Display

After a very long time the Battle of the Barges returned to Boston.  Piers Park would have been the ideal location but the crowds were overwhelming. Alternate East Boston location provided good views of the North End Barge.

Please click on the image for a larger version.


The barges are in place





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Bridging the Gaps


June 12, I got to see the Greenway Project’s latest artwork a little over a month after its installation.  Boston’s aerial rope sculpture created by the artist Janet Echelman is an exquisite sight at night.  The ropes are over 100 miles long and the sculpture has nearly 550,000 knots.  It is anchored to a few buildings and lit using multicolored led lights.  A long exposure bridges the gaps between the ropes as I feel this signifies the coming together for all in this great city.

“My sculpture for Boston above the Rose Kennedy Greenway spans the void where an elevated highway once split downtown from its waterfront. Knitting together the urban fabric, it soars 600 feet through the air above street traffic and Pedestrian Park.

The sculpture’s form echoes the history of its location. The three voids recall the “Tri-Mountain” which was razed in the 18th-Century to create lands from the harbor. The colored banding is a nod to the six traffic lanes that once overwhelmed the neighborhood, before the Big Dig buried them and enable the space to be reclaimed for urban pedestrian life.” An extract from the artist’s statement.

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Noiseless Pro


Please click on the image for a larger rendition. The left is untreated the right has Noiseless applied using the “Lightest” preset at 100%

Macphun the makers of Tonality Pro, Intensify Pro, Snapheal Pro and Focus Pro today release a public preview of their latest product Noiseless Pro.  It will be released as two versions Noiseless and Noiseless Pro. The pro version includes the ability to work with RAW files and will work as a plug-in for Photoshop and Lightroom.

Noiseless Pro - plugin window.  The exposure triad; ISO 1600, f/4.0 1/50 sec.  The exploded view is at 200%

Noiseless Pro – plugin window. The exposure triad; ISO 1600, f/4.0 1/50 sec. The exploded view is at 200%

One you install it and launch it the first thing you will notice is its simplicity.  It has a series of presets from Lightest to Extreme. Lightest I’m my initial tests did a great job. Multiple views and side by side comparison windows help you assess the amount of noise management. Zoom tools allow you to see how well it is handling noise and maintaining detail. Included is a wipe tool for previewing the effect.  Preview is not instantaneous but the software does render the effect fairly quick.

Though the pro version will work with RAW files, my preference would be to allow the raw conversion using Adobe Camera Raw, DxO, or Capture One and then bringing the image into Noiseless either as a pug or as a saved tiff file.

This is by no means a full review but a quick note to assess the pre-release and give an initial verdict – the product is simple and very good.

I will do another review when the final release is available in the next 8 days or so.

Click on the logo to order Macphun products or to preorder Noiseless and Noiseless Pro

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