This morning I want to capture the city blanked by fog from Dr. Rizal Bridge in Beacon Hill. I also want to reduce the noise that I have been getting in my images. The cleanup is what takes me so long to edit. So I set my camera for an ISO of 200 with the Noise Reduction enabled and off I went.
The problem with shooting from this bridge on a weekday during rush out is the buses that shake it as they cross. So I had to do a bit of timing to capture the longer exposures of 30 sec. Still, I weekday is best for this kind of shoot in the morning because you can capture the motion of the light trails during rush hour, a weekday evening would be good to and maybe warmer. I plan to go back again when the fog clears and reshoot.
Post-Process: I picked up a few new tools or plug-ins for Photoshop a while ago. I took the time today to learn then and use them. Dfine was a big help in cleaning the noise. The 200 ISO and Noise Reduction helps but this program RAWKS!!! Also, sharpener Pro 3.0 (Output), I didnt think I needed but I was turned on when I tested it.
GPS Unit: Blackberry
Nikon IR Remote: ML-L3
18-55 mm Nikkor
Photomatix Pro 3.0
Color Efex Pro 3.0
Sharpener Pro 3.0 (Output)
Settings for RAW images:
Date & Time: 1/22/2009 7:21 AM
Exposure program: Manual
Focal Length 18 mm
Max Aperture: N/A
White Blance: Tungsten
Metering mode: Spot
Noise Reduction: Enabled
Image 419: f/19 2 sec. Exposure bias: -2 step
Image 420: f/19 8 sec. Exposure bias: 0 step
Image 421: f/19 30 Sec. Exposure bias: +2 step
Image 422: f/19 2 sec. Exposure bias: -2 step
Image 423: f/19 8 sec. Exposure bias: 0 step
Image 424: f/19 30 Sec. Exposure bias: +2 step
GPS Location For : Dr. Rizal Bridge/Jose Rizal Park Beacon Hill/Seattle Washington
Latitude N 47° 35.7016'
Longitude W 122° 19.0566'
Weather: Mostly cloudy. Areas of fog this morning...then patchy fog continuing this afternoon. Highs in the lower to mid 40s. Light wind.
Windchill: 35 °F
Dew Point: 32 °F
Wind: Calm 2.0 mph from the NNE
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph
Pressure: 29.85 in (Steady)
Visibility: 5.0 miles
Max UV: 1 out of 16
Clouds: Overcast 700 ft (Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 300 ft
Sunrise at 7:47 AM in direction 119° Southeast by east