Paul McLaughlin  

Thatched Barn in the Winter by Paul McLaughlin

January 2021 - Thatched Barn in the Winter

January 2021 - Paul McLaughlin


About the Image(s)

Nikon D780, 24-120mm lens, focal length 82mm, 1/8000, f/8, ISO 204,800
As you can see, at the time I took the picture I had not learned the fine points of the Auto ISO!
This barn is part of an old dairy farm in my town. It is one of my favorite places to photograph. I stop by at least once every two weeks, particularly, if there has been some weather. As you can see from the original, I totally messed up the image. I took three images and all of them were virtually the same. I did not realize my mistake until I arrived home. I decided to try and rescue it, and this is the result. I spent a fair amount of time adjusting the exposure and playing with the curve tool. There was a fair amount of debris on the ground and I was able to remove most of those branches and twigs. It is quite noisy and any advice on correcting that would be appreciated.
By the way, I have turned off the Auto ISO.

5 comments posted

Les Tyler   Les Tyler
Paul, great job on rescuing this image. The original looks like it would have gone in the recycling bin. My advice is, keep the autos off. I like the overall image it gives a good sense of cold. I would try to straighten the photo just a tiny bit to the left. It looks a little off, but that is just me.   Posted: 01/13/2021 11:56:03

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
I am glad that you turned off auto ISO. I am really surprised that you could rescue the image from the original. The noise that you have from ISO 204,800 is not bad at all, and so the Nikon D780 is quite a camera for high ISO. I did use Topaz Denoise, but reduced the sharping all the way, and added some color noise reduction also. It did seem to take some of the noise out, especially on the doors. You have found an interesting subject and hope that you keep going back.   Posted: 01/15/2021 10:47:22
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Tony Tam   Tony Tam
Paul, you did a good job to rescue the over exposure image.
I have checked that the over exposure area reach to clipping was minor, so You are lucky, the image can be rescued.   Posted: 01/19/2021 00:46:56

Rich Sears   Rich Sears
While I feel Auto ISO can be in most photographer's repertoire, especially a scene with rapidly changing elements, I agree a stationary scene is usually better handled in manual mode. Some Nikon cameras, while in Auto ISO mode, have gone wacky with shutter speeds, thus forcing extreme ISO's. I experienced this with their D7200 and their D810. A call to tech support leads to resetting the camera to factory default and that seems to remedy the issue.

I like Tom's suggestion for using Topaz's DeNoise Ai In post. It is absolutely amazing how far they have developed their technology. They claim to be able to adjust for noise and not suffer the normal softening in sharpness occurring in other software.

I have also experienced being able to bring back images exposed incorrectly by at least four stops with Nikon cameras. I suspect this is also true of other fine cameras.

I can see why you are drawn to going back to this scene over and over Paul.
  Posted: 01/19/2021 10:53:36

Barbara Mallon   Barbara Mallon
I would suggest that because you go there often, you try some other angles besides straight on. Maybe a a kid with a snowball to give it some life. I never use auto iso. I want to have more control. I mess up anyway and with raw you can get a lot of information rom a blown out photo. And you may want to pull down the dark end of the curve a bit to add some mystery to the building. The blue doors are great. I bought Topaz denoise and sharpener 2 months ago and they are magic. I encouraged a lot of people to buy them.   Posted: 01/23/2021 22:45:36


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