Too noisy?

Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by Netskimmer, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. Netskimmer

    Netskimmer No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2009
    Messages:
    1,392
    Likes Received:
    229
    Location:
    North Carolina
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I noticed some birds in a tree near my house and tried to take a few shots of them. It was almost sundown and the tree was in the shade so light was definitely an issue. I also had to use a fairly fast shutter speed because the little guys are fast and wouldn't hold still. Both were taken at ISO 1,000 F/8 with my 55-300mm and are pretty hevily cropped. Are they too noisy? I didn't want to lose any sharpness by opening up the lens but I may have been better off.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


     
  2. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2005
    Messages:
    45,748
    Likes Received:
    14,778
    Location:
    Victoria, BC
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    They are fairly noisy, and the first one seems slightly soft. I think opening up to f5.6 and dropping your ISO by a stop would have been worth any slight loss of sharpness (and in reality, I doubt you'd notice it).
     
  3. Netskimmer

    Netskimmer No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2009
    Messages:
    1,392
    Likes Received:
    229
    Location:
    North Carolina
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Thanks, since the tree is by the house and I see nests in it they should be 'available' for a reshoot. I'll probably pick a better time of day and try openning up the lens and see what I get.
     
  4. djacobox372

    djacobox372 No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    May 4, 2008
    Messages:
    2,925
    Likes Received:
    129
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    I'd blame the softness more on the consumer grade lens than noise. The D7000 is perfectly capable of taking tack-sharp photos at well above iso 1000.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  5. cgipson1

    cgipson1 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2011
    Messages:
    17,144
    Likes Received:
    4,355
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    ^ I agree! Noise is not the main issue.... first one looks OOF! I would kick the ISO up a notch even.. and watch that shutter speed.
     
  6. MLeeK

    MLeeK TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2011
    Messages:
    6,761
    Likes Received:
    1,379
    Location:
    NY
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    If that is a D7000 it can take going up in ISO a bit to keep that extra bit of sharpness. The first is definitely OOF. I am not seeing a noise issue in these, but it could definitely be there. I'd like to see a 100% crop.
     
  7. Netskimmer

    Netskimmer No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2009
    Messages:
    1,392
    Likes Received:
    229
    Location:
    North Carolina
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I will post a larger crop when I get home. I was thinking that my lens was limiting things but I am hesitant to blame hardware for sub-quality work, both were taken at 300mm so that probably caused some issusues as well. I was using auto focus and may have snapped the first one before the lens dialed in completely on him/her. They were very fast and would not stay in one place for more than a second and with all of the limbs in the way I was having some trouble nailing the focus.
     
  8. Netskimmer

    Netskimmer No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2009
    Messages:
    1,392
    Likes Received:
    229
    Location:
    North Carolina
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    As mentioned, here are some extreme crops and the originals (converted to jpeg).

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  9. MLeeK

    MLeeK TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2011
    Messages:
    6,761
    Likes Received:
    1,379
    Location:
    NY
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    There is no bad noise problem there. It's just softness from either missed focus or more likely a consumer lens. The dark brown has a LITTLE noise in it, but ACR would get rid of that right quick without compromising your sharpness.
     
  10. FireRescueFL

    FireRescueFL TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2011
    Messages:
    93
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Central Florida
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Noob opinion:

    Too noisy for what? The cover of NatGeo? Then yes. But not anywhere near noisy enough to not keep as a personal photo or share on the Internet.

    As has been stated multiple times above, the lack of sharpness is more of a problem than any noise there. Keep shooting and posting!

    ---Chris
     
  11. Netskimmer

    Netskimmer No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2009
    Messages:
    1,392
    Likes Received:
    229
    Location:
    North Carolina
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit


    Thanks for all the responses. I'd say my limited experience, the consumer grade lens and the poor shooting conditions all played a part in the softness seen in the photos. I'll try shooting them in better light and see what that gets me. I am currently working on getting some better glass as well. As for experience, well I'm working on that too. :D
     

Share This Page