cpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 44 Reply 3, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 11764 times:
It is indeed:
Manfrotto 055XPROB / Wimberley Tripod Head Version 2
Nikon D700 - 200-400mm AF-S VR F/4.0G
manual white balance
In camera noise reduction - high
In camera long exposure noise reduction - on
The D700 is a fantastic camera - if you ace the exposure on high ISO shots even ISO3200 is quite clean. The 200-400mm VR lens is great in lower light too - open it up to F/4.0 and the results are still super.
And the Wimberley Tripod Head is an absolute must when using a heavy/large camera and lens combination on a tripod. Because the lens can pivot around its centre - it is completely balanced and has no tendency to tip forwards or backwards. The Wimberley is absolutely worth its money.
I did also use Topaz Denoise 5 - but only on the RAW light noise reduction preset (with some tweaks to sharpening settings).
Fire is not very predictable, and it's really dangerous. Where I live, we tend to have to deal with these kinds of huge wildfires each year (some caused by natural events, lightning strikes, some by arson).
And where I previously worked - I was exposed a lot more to the organisational side of fighting those fires. It is scary just how fast they can move. A fire that seems a long distance away can roar up a valley at lightning speed.
You become acutely aware of the consequences of these fires, sadly. And it shouldn't need to be said, but:
Everyone else, please don't try to emulate that photo above!