Day 30 Assignment – Eliminate Digital Noise

For this assignment I selected the three photos of a martial arts demonstration by the Darwin Chung Wah Society I used for Day 22 Assignment – Capture the Decisive Moment. Jim remarked that they were a little noisy due to the wide aperture and high ISO necessary for the high shutter speed needed to stop the action.
I used the Noise Reduction slider in Lightroom and tweaked the results a bit to try to maintain as much detail as possible. The second photo of each pair is the noise-reduced version.

Day 29 – Work in Black and White

My assignment on removing colour cast didn’t get much of a reaction, so I’m just going to go ahead and post the next one.

I’m hoping the lack of activity indicates that everyone is busy getting on with life as much as possible under the circumstances and keeping well. Having this course to concentrate on has definitely helped keep me sane despite the restrictions. I am grateful for it.

For this assignment we were to select our favourite photo from this course and convert it to black and white. I chose two, Elizabeth River Bridge and Finn Road, both of which I used in the leading lines assignment.

When I Googled Nik Silver Efex Pro it said Google had made it available free of charge for a couple of years but they don’t anymore so I wasn’t able to use it. I experimented with Photoshop Express and Lightroom. I found the tools in Lightroom easier to use.

Below are the edited originals of each followed by the Photoshop and Lightroom versions.

Elizabeth River Bridge f5.6 1/1251s ISO 100 4.10 mm

Finn Road f5.6 1/1061s IO 80 21.66 mm

April 2017 events

Our month in photos

April was a busy month for us, starting with a family reunion weekend at Litchfield National Park to celebrate Brian’s 70th birthday.

Before we left we went to Nightcliff Dragons Under 9’s first Rugby League game of the season.

Joshua's first game with Nightcliff Dragons 1.4 (2)

The next JT?

Joshua's first game with Nightcliff Dragons 1.4 (4)

Go Cuz!

Buley Rockhole

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Litchfield Tourist Park Homestead

The Homestead, Litchfield TP 1.4 (9)Brian's 70th - homestead garden 2.4 (2)Brian's 70th 2.4 (4)Brian's 70th 2.4 (5)

Brian's 70th Birthday dinner 2.2 (1)

Brian's 70th Birthday dinner 2.4 (88)Brian's 70th Birthday dinner 2.4 (93)

 Florence Falls

Brian's 70th - Florence Falls 2.4 (79)

Wangi Falls

Brian's 70th Wangi Falls 2.4 (44)Brian's 70th Wangi Falls 2.4 (49)Brian's 70th Wangi Falls 2.4 (56)Brian's 70th Wangi Falls 2.4 (57)Brian's 70th Wangi Falls 2.4 (58)

Brian's 70th Wangi Falls 2.4 (60)

Resting fruit bats/flying foxes

Brian's 70th Wangi Falls 2.4 (62)Brian's 70th Wangi Falls 2.4 (68)

Brian's 70th Wangi Falls 2.4 (73)

Resting family

Four-family get-together

Continuing the reunion theme, we got together for our traditional family and friends’ dinner at the Nightcliff foreshore. Foreshore get-together 3.4 (1)Foreshore get-together 3.4 (3)Foreshore get-together 3.4 (5)

Wedding Anniversary

Our 34th wedding anniversary on 9 April saw us having lunch at Chow on the Darwin Waterfront. Delicious South-East Asian food and my first taste of green pawpaw salad – yum!

34th Wedding Anniversary lunch, Chow (8)34th Wedding Anniversary lunch, Chow (5)34th Wedding Anniversary lunch, Chow (2)34th Wedding Anniversary lunch, Chow (3)

Easter Weekend

Pine Creek Digger’s Rest was our base for the Easter weekend.

Diggers Rest

Good Friday

Pine Creek Lookout, Watergardens  and Railway

The lookout (3)Watergardens (4)

Pine Creek Railway (1)

Pine Creek Railway (2)

Pine Creek Railway (11)

Hooded Parrot Pine Creek Railway (7)

Hooded parrot

Easter Saturday

Moline Rockhole, Kakadu Ranger Station, Bukbukluk Lookout, wildflowers, Miners Park

Moline Rockhole (5)

Moline Rockhole (4)Moline Rockhole (1)Kakadu Ranger StationBukbukluk Lookout (11)Bukbukluk Lookout (8)Bukbukluk Lookout (5)Bukbukluk Lookout (4)Bukbukluk Lookout (1)

Miners Park (1)Miners Park (7)Miners Park (11)Miners Park (4)Miners Park (2)

Easter Sunday

Umbrewarra Gorge, Copperfield Dam, kite, boot tree, sunset

Umbrawara Gorge (2)

Umbrawara Gorge (1)Copperfield Dam (1)Miners Park (8)Boot tree (3)Sunset (4)Sunset (1)Sunset (2)Sunset (3)

Easter Monday

Home via Burrell Creek. Robin Falls, Adelaide River War Cemetery, Manton Dam wall

Burrell Creek (3)Burrell Creek (5)Robin Falls (1)Robin Falls (2)Adelaide River War Cemetery (1)Adelaide River War Cemetery (3)

Adelaide River War Cemetery (6)

Rainbow bee-eater

Manton Dam Wall (3)Manton Dam Wall (5)

In the garden

Cavendish, Dwarf Ducass, 10 capsicum 7.4.17

Cavendish and Dwarf Ducasse bananas

Cavendish, Ladyfinger, 2 basil 7.4.17 (2)

Cavendish and Lady Finger bananas

10 tomato 7.4.17

Tomato seedlings

2 basil 7.4.17

Basil from Penni

Cathy's orchid 9.4 (2)

Kathy’s orchid – primrose scented

6 sprays fully opened 7.4 (1)

Six sprays on one orchid

Sunset

Our magnificent sunsets always enhance family dinner on the foreshore.

Rapid Creek 13.4 (2)

Day 28 Assignment — Remove Colour Cast

For this assignment we were to check our landmark photos from Days 21 and 22 for colour casts and remove them using the tools in Lightroom or ACR.
As I have been unable to complete those assignments due to Covid 19 restrictions, I practised on some recent photos taken at Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve near Darwin.
I experimented with Auto and eye-dropper tools in Lightroom with some interesting results. Overall, Auto on its own was too extreme and needed tweaking and the eye-dropper results depended on the neutral area selected.
Here I am showing the original, one of my attempts and the end result for four photos.

Billabong 1

Billabong 2

Two Jabiru, one Egret

Single Jabiru

Day 27 Assignment – Enhance your Colour

For this assignment we were to enhance the colour of the sunset photo we took for our assignment on Day 3.

This photo was so dark that increasing the vibrance did little to improve it:

So, I made adjustments in Lightroom to contrast, highlights, shadows, whites and blacks, then increased the vibrance:

I took it into Photoshop and cropped it to get rid of the footpath, then used the spot heal and clone stamp tools to remove the signpost.

Day 26 Assignment – Fix Dynamic Range 2

Jim Hamel commented that he wasn’t sure that my clinging tree example had anything to do with dynamic range but that it did improve the photo, so I submitted another and asked if it was a better example.

Original 1/1000 f7.1 ISO200

Day 26 Assignment – Fix Dynamic Range

I call this the Clinging Tree because it has been clinging to the edge of the cliff by its roots for years and has even survived cyclones. This photo was taken with the sun setting to the left.

I watched Jim’s entire video but only used Lightroom to restore this photo. I made adjustments to the highlights, shadows, blacks and exposure and reduced the luminance of light blue, dark blue and yellow, while slightly increasing the orange.

1/80 f/8 ISO 3200 54mm

Day 25 Assignment – Add Contrast

For this assignment we were to add texture and punch to one of our pictures by adding contrast.

I wasn’t happy with my first attempt where I started in Photoshop then made adjustments in Lightroom, so I started again from scratch using Lightroom first then only used Photoshop to clean up the jetty and remove the lamp posts.

Nightcliff Jetty – Original 1/1000 f3.5 ISO 80 24mm

First attempt – lamp posts left in

I didn’t like the white patch in the sky when I removed the lamp posts, but I didn’t like the result when I tried to fix it either so I started again:

End results with and without lamp posts.

Day 24 Assignment – Use the Power of Local Adjustment

For this assignment we were to make changes to discrete portions of a photo using tools in Lightroom and Photoshop.

I spent a lot of time trying to change the colour of the sky but was unhappy with the results and ended up cropping out most of the sky and using the clone stamp tool to extend the tree line instead.
I removed a lamp post, a few magpie geese in the background and leaf litter in the grass and on the dirt using the healing brush. I played around with the contrast, saturation, highlights sharpness and whites and lightened the horse’s tail to match the mane and make it look cleaner.
My undo/redo functions got a good workout with this. Whenever I looked at the finished product I found something else I wanted to change!

This is the original f3.5 1/2000 410 mm ISO 1600

Befor crop

End result

Re-posting after Jim suggested applying a light vignette instead of cropping.

Re-posting with vignette feathered out so it’s barely noticeable.

Day 23 Assignment – Enhance Tones

For this assignment we were to find one of our photos where the lighting or exposure was off and fix it using the tools in Lightroom and Photoshop we’d learnt about in Day 23: Control the Light.

I selected this photo from Day 6 Assignment – Stop the Action because Jim Hamel liked it but said it needed brightening in post processing.

This first photo is the original.

The second photo shows the results of my first attempt at brightening using the basic sliders in Lightroom and slight cropping on the left side to remove a partial palm frond.
I hadn’t made notes of the adjustments I’d made so I went back and the third photo shows the results after I
increased the contrast and highlights
brought down the shadows
increased the whites
brought down the blacks
and I removed the log fence in Photoshop.
Then in photo 4, I went a bit further and 
increased the temperature, tint and vibrance 
lowered the saturation  
increased the clarity 
lowered the dehaze.