Both photos taken with 70-200 and 1.7 TC. First Duck was exposed at f8 @ 1/250sec ISO 400; Second at F10 @ 1/125sec and ISO 400.
Took a few visits to get 7 shots total with color, contrast, perfect sky and ducks all in one place!
I am finding that for my website the sharpening works but on this website my photos look a little too sharp. I believe its a function of the downsizing technique and cropping. I hope the results will be better next year with a longer lens and as I experiment with new downsizing techniques and Nik tonal contrast. Suggestions welcome on downsizing techniques!
Nice shots, Victor. I like the colour saturation in the first picture, but I like the lower contrast better in the second. It shows more detail in the dark tones.
I notice a slight roughness (almost graininess) in your pictures. This is something that I have noticed that has become more and more prominent with my newer cameras (maybe it's a feature of higher mexapixel sensors?). My D90 showed more of this than my D70S, and then again there's more of this with my D7K than with the D90. I reduce this "roughness" by increasing the masking feature in the sharpening portion of Photoshop ACR during post (I shoot RAW), and also by increasing the luminance slider in the noise reduction portion of ACR. I would actually appreciate if some of our more experienced post-processing members can comment on this, since I don't quite understand it myself.
You maybe on to something. Using a slightly different shot, I tried the sharpening mask. I used define for noise reduction nik tonal contrast (at very low levels (15 for highlights midtones, and shadow, and 0 on saturation), I used CS5 image re-size to 1200 on the long size, then save for web. The only thing I did not do was another sharpening for web (something another website -Cambridge in Color -recommends.) The crop is pretty big but not 50%. That could be an issue and why I have gone to a larger lens. I think this is better and the issue is the sharpening pre-save for web.