Wow, did this one take me by surprise. Joe and I talked yesterday about doing a RAW comparison between the D60 and D100, but it was suppose to be on a 744 we shot in the morning at JFK
. How'd Richard get Joe's image so fast ... it isn't on A.net.
First, let me say ... don't look at the picture embedded in this note. It's terrible looking. Look at the original on A.net.
Look at this image instead (scroll right to the link)... View Large View Medium
Photo © Art Brett
How you'll get Joe's original (that is, post processed) image I don't know unless he posts it.
My picture was shot with a Nikkor 80-400mm VR
zoom, full out, 500th of a second, f10 (shot on shutter speed preferred), white balance to Direct Sunlight, ISO 200 (because it's the lowest we've got on the D100), no other compensation factors used at all.
Now, several of you pointed out that my picture "has more punch" and "nicer visual kick." Well, both of those comments come from the contrast of the picture. No doubt about it, I like a picture that has more contrast and believe it gives it that added kick.
How I processed the picture:
Converted from RAW to JPG excellent quality. I cropped it from 3008 (of which the aircraft was about 1700 pixels) to get the final composition I wanted. Resampled to 1024 x 680. Then I applied the Auto Equalize (Corel, same as auto levels) which, for this picture, was all it needed to give it that punch, or the contrast I was looking for.
About the sharpening. I did apply unsharp mask, but I can't tell you how much or how many times I might have applied it. I have to admit, I just keep playing and changing the settings until I get it the way I want. I think this one was relatively easy and quick to do.
Now, about the shadow details in the landing gear. From the two shots above they look pretty much the same to me, but my applying the contrast I want (through auto equalize) would definitely get rid of some of that shadow detail. As for the landing gear detail (see picture below) I think the detail is there. The fact that it didn't remain after post processing was my choice and nothing to do with the camera.
, I'll bite ... here's the converted image JPG excellent quality for everyone to scrutinize ... NOW it's up to Joe to upload his image so we can all see once and for all. Mind you, not that it's going to change anyone's mind!
Oh, btw, Joe, it's an ERJ