Just got my D7000 back from Nikon with its back-focus issue resolved. Here are a few shots from my daughter's futsal game last night. They played in a roller blade hockey rink that had brighter lighting than any I've seen in local gyms. On the plus side, this allowed me to keep the ISO fairly low, in fact I closed the f-stop down to 3.5 to get a wider focus zone. On the minus side, it isn't very flattering on the faces.
These were all shot with the D7000, Nikon 70-200 f2.8 VR1 and run through Noise Ninja.
Rats, I just realized that I forgot to do any sharpening on these after resizing.
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#1. "RE: Futsal" | In response to Reply # 0Mon 30-Jan-12 06:03 PM
These shots look very good to me, although this is from somebody who never heard of futsal until I came across your post! I had to consult Google to find out the first thing about futsal. My favorite here is photo #2. I believe that cropping at both the top and bottom would benefit this photo. Ditto photo #5.
Although it's desirable to sharpen after downsizing the absence of output sharpening here doesn't seem to have had much of an adverse effect. The white balance and exposure look exemplary.
I'm beginning to sound like a broken record, but I continue to be impressed by the quality of the D7000 images that have been posted on this forum. I like whatever magic Nikon has applied to the D7000!
How do you like Aperture 3? I just acquired a new iMac and am thinking seriously of taking advantage of Aperture 3's availability for only $79 at the Apple Aps Store.
#3. "RE: Futsal" | In response to Reply # 1Mon 30-Jan-12 09:45 PM
I'm happy with Aperture 3. It seems to do pretty much everything I need, and if I want to do something fancy I have a copy of Photoshop as well. That said, I'm not sure if I'm going to stick with Aperture as I haven't settled on a workflow yet.
Re: cropping - I've been shooting mostly vertical with the 70-200 at these games because it is just too much lens for a small venue. I'm mostly using the range 70-120 and tend to stay vertical so I'm not just shooting heads when the action gets close to me. That means that in most cases a vertical crop is my only option. Like "SoCalBeans" says in his comment, I've been stuck on cropping to standard frame proportions and should really just crop for content when posting on the web.
Also, if anyone reading this is using Noise Ninja, I'd be interested to hear any suggestions on using it. I did the Noise Ninja camera calibration by shooting the calibration chart at all ISOs. I've been running it in batch mode using the default filtering. I feel that it is being too aggressive, but am not sure what other settings I could try.
Thanks for the comments,
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#4. "RE: Futsal" | In response to Reply # 3Tue 31-Jan-12 05:15 PM
I've been using Noise Ninja for a long time and am satisfied with the results. I started out using the standard profiles available on the Noise Ninja website, but a couple of years ago when I contacted PictureCode I was strongly advised to make custom profiles with my own D700 which I did by shooting JPEGs of the calibration chart at ISOs from 200 to 25,600. They also advised me to shut off in-camera noise reduction which I did. I'm currently processing RAW files rather than JPEGs and using Noise Ninja the first thing after converting the RAW file in ACR (Adobe Camera RAW) and opening it up in Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac for further processing.
In the Noise Ninja Preferences I have the Fallback policy set to "Invoke automatic profiler." Therefore, when I'm trying to denoise RAW files rather than JPEGs the auto profiler is activated. When I recently asked PictureCode whether I should make another set of custom profiles for denoising RAW files they advised me to continue with the auto-profiler.
I never do anything with the Colors sliders, but with the Luminance sliders I used to use higher values than the default values of 10. I suspect that I may have been overdoing the noise reduction, so currently I am using the default values. If you feel that the default settings are too aggressive you can always play with the Luminance sliders per the PictureCode guidelines to give you values lower than 10 that may be satisfactory. If you start with the Smoothness slider set to zero and then increase it I notice that most of the noise reduction occurs well before you each the default value of 10.
I have never used batch processing with Noise Ninja. I don't employ any sharpening with the Noise Ninja program. For my RAW files I use capture sharpening in ACR and wait until the very last step after any downsizing to invoke output sharpening.
#5. "RE: Futsal" | In response to Reply # 4Tue 31-Jan-12 10:58 PM
I am using custom profiles I made by shooting the chart at all ISOs. I'll try turning in-camera NR off as you say they suggest, maybe that's why I feel that it looks overdone. I wonder If I should then re-shoot the chart since the in-camera NR is now off?
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#2. "RE: Futsal" | In response to Reply # 0
I think they look great - as though you were in a well lit place. Were you?
I didn't google futsal - but you got the action and the faces (and that's my goal in any sport).
I haven't been tracking your focus problems, but it seems that they have been remedied.
and, as to cropping - I have, myself, been stuck on cropping using standard printing formats. Why should I do that when no one wants prints. So, I am going to crop for content. And, as a constructive comment, I see a lot of 'background stuff' in these photos and that agree that they could benefit from judicious cropping.
but, good captures.