Went out for about two hours yesterday, ultimately making a complete photographic ass out of myself.
After some brief sunshine, I was forced to deal with overcast skies, reflections on the tinted and dirty windows at LGA (triple threat!), and dodgy AF and shutterspeeds with the 20D/100-400.
Mediocre results with mediocre traffic, so I wasn't about to cry over spilled milk. But of course! Spirit's new A321 comes in on La Guardia's Expressway Visual to 31 and I shoot off a million and one frames. Two are decent. I consider myself lucky.
One's currently in the queue, but I'm not exactly proud of it. Here's a 100% crop of the original, showing the results of ISO400 and the aforementioned conditions.
Now, on to something a bit more relevant to the subject matter.
I've tried to sharpen the image while keeping the noise at bay. As much of a paradox as that may be, the results from USM, FocalBlade, ColorWasher, and occasionally NeatImage were better than nothing. I think the results were acceptable.
If the grain were monochromatic, I wouldn't have as much of a problem. But the multi-colored sprinkles adorning my photo make it look horrible. I realized that most of this noise was in the Red channel (of RGB), so I just applied sharpening to the Blue and Green channels in hopes of not bringing out as much noise. Mixed results.
The photo and link above won't last for long--I have no way to host it. If you want the image (100% crop), email me. Maybe you'd be so kind as to host it!
In any event, is there another way I can approach this, and keep noise levels down while having pronounced details? That's asking way too much, I know, given the condition of the original. Better luck next time, I guess.