I took this image during last October’s New York trip but am posting it now as an example of the results of a new software toy I bought. Although I love HDR, I hate the fact that I am constantly dealing with hideous amounts of noise in my images. This is accentuated by the tone mapping setting that I typically use but I still either have to spend ages masking in bits of the original exposures to get rid of especially noisy sections or just tell myself that the noise is in fact ”texture” and that it’s part of the image’s charm.
Behind all this, however, I’ve been reading about various noise reduction plug-ins and downloaded a couple to play with this week. To cut a long story short (I’ll put the long story on my blog within a day or two), I’ve been blown away by how well these tools work and, as a result, paid for an Imagenomic Noiseware Pro license today. This tool can tame even the most horrendous Photomatix sky (as you can see if you look at the original, large version of this image on Flickr).
In my upcoming blog post, I’ll include before and after crops showing just how well the tool does at removing noise while maintaining fine detail.
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