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    I've been a bit disappointed at times with the image sharpness from the 70-300 when used with my e-620 but I saw a post in a previous thread which suggested that the 70-300 gave best results at f8.0 at about 200mm.
    A recent trip photographing squirrels in a wood meant I had to crank up the ISO to 640, then 800, but was still shooting at a shutter speeds of 1/50 (using a monopod). It became very windy after a while and the slow shutter speed meant quite a bit of motion in the squirrels fur in the second photo.
    Feedback welcome!


    215mm, 1/50 at f8.0, ISO 640, Monopod. Shot as RAW, processed in ACR and PSE9.


    300mm, 1/50 at f8.0, ISO 800, monopod, RAW image processed ACR and PSE9
    David

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    I think both photos are excellent and the second is no worse for the movement of the squirrel's fur by the wind in my opinion.

    Ray.

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      Lovely captures - very envious as there are no reds where I am. I think the images could benefit from some extra sharpening.

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        Excellent shots, I concur with Ian that a little bit of post processing sharpness would enhance the shots even more.
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          Thanks guys - I'm usually a bit tentative with sharpening as it seems to worsen noise. (Should noise reduction be done before or after sharpening? - all the advice that I've seen up until now says leave sharpening to the very last.)
          David

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          • #6
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            I think you have done extremely well with both of these, those shutter speeds and focal lengths are a challenge in themselves.

            Lovely images, thanks for sharing
            Regards Huw


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              Two great shots,spent a sunday at Formby NT red squirrel wood - didn't see one.

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                Two good shots well taken.
                Ed

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                • #9
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                  Cracking shots David These wee reds seem to pose perfectly for you

                  I would love to come over and have a shot at some squirrels or if I am feeling brave some adders

                  As for sharpening, I have found that when you have obvious noise then Elements does not really do the job that well. As you have said sharpening and noise reduction does not then really help. Perhaps some of the proprietary noise programs available would do a better job but I have never used any.

                  I am sure someone else will be able to assist in this matter though

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                    You're very welcome to come over sometime Greg. The adders are a bit of a hit or miss at the moment - later on in the summer they seem to be much more predictable and 'fixed' to a particular spot, but I do have several different sites where we can try. We do need some warm sunny weather for best results though.

                    I have been leaving some food out for the squirrels a couple of times a week for the past several weeks (although I don't want them to get dependent on me as a food source) and they are a bit more reliable - they tend to show up at certain times of day. A couple of the females are obviously lactating at present, so I'm hoping to see some young ones in due course.
                    David

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                    • #11
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                      I have had a look at the first one in Lightroom and it can sharpen up appreciably with no noise issues.

                      Considering it's marginally over-compressed (only 106K file for a 1067x800 image - I'd recommend at least 250K for that size) at it still sharpens up, I'm sure that when processing from the RAW file there is plenty of sharpening latitude

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                        Originally posted by Graptolite View Post
                        You're very welcome to come over sometime Greg. The adders are a bit of a hit or miss at the moment - later on in the summer they seem to be much more predictable and 'fixed' to a particular spot, but I do have several different sites where we can try. We do need some warm sunny weather for best results though.

                        I have been leaving some food out for the squirrels a couple of times a week for the past several weeks (although I don't want them to get dependent on me as a food source) and they are a bit more reliable - they tend to show up at certain times of day. A couple of the females are obviously lactating at present, so I'm hoping to see some young ones in due course.
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                          Originally posted by Ian View Post
                          I have had a look at the first one in Lightroom and it can sharpen up appreciably with no noise issues.

                          Considering it's marginally over-compressed (only 106K file for a 1067x800 image - I'd recommend at least 250K for that size) at it still sharpens up, I'm sure that when processing from the RAW file there is plenty of sharpening latitude

                          Ian
                          That's interesting Ian, because I reduced the file sizes in PSE (to fit with the site's maximum stipulated file size of 512k), and the file size on disc is 444kb, the second one being 499k. Why the discrepancy I wonder? Is it to do with the way the site processes them before displaying?

                          David
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                            Utterly cute squirrel, and great pictures.

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                              Great captures, the squirrels in your area are similar to ours here in Canada but without the long hair on the ears, and the tail on ones around here might be a bit bushier. I don't have any squirrel shots handy or I would post one for a comparison.
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