Palli Gajree, HonPSA, PPSA  

Beach Joggers by Palli Gajree, HonPSA, PPSA

October 2020 - Beach Joggers

October 2020 - Palli Gajree, HonPSA, PPSA


About the Image(s)

Spotted the lass jogging with her dog at one of the Victorian beaches. Being a close crop, there’s undoubtedly an evidence of grain …particularly in the sky. In order to subdue this, I selected the area and blurred it within reason.
RAW file processed in Topaz Studio 2 for B&W conversion. Then used NIK’s Full Dynamic Smooth filter from Silver Efex Pro 2. Also added a soft touch of sepia, adjusted contrast and finally used Darken/Lighten Center from Color Efex Pro4.
Technical Details: Converted Canon 40D; 17 - 85mm Zoom f/4.5 - 5.6 IS at 28mm ; 1/160th sec. @ f/10; ISO 400

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12 comments posted

Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Hi Palli,

Beautiful composition and scene. I like it very much. Your crop has placed the runner and dog in perfect position in my view, and you've eliminated distracting elements. My only critique is that the softening of noise that had to be done has also weakened the critical sharpness of the image, at least on my monitor.   Posted: 10/03/2020 08:51:46
Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Hi Gary
Thanks for your comments. Am attaching V2 of "Beach Joggers" without softening the sky ... to see what you think!   Posted: 10/04/2020 00:51:55
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Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Hi Palli,
I'm looking closely at the foreground rocks and the dog and still feel they aren't 'tack sharp'. Having said that, the image is quite useful and impressive for club competitions and the like. I just would have thought 1/160th and f10 would have provided a 'crisper' overall sharpness.   Posted: 10/04/2020 06:17:15
Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Hi Gary
Perhaps the lack of crispness could have resulted from cropping it close! Have no intention of entering it in any competition. It was purely an IR exercise!!   Posted: 10/04/2020 18:15:04

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

Your crop made the shot in my view. Good work

FYI: I use Topaz Denoise AI and it does a nice job and in most cases retains the original sharpness

Emil   Posted: 10/05/2020 09:38:28
Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Hi Emil
Thanks for the comment and the suggestion, re: Topaz DeNoise A1.   Posted: 10/05/2020 17:05:45

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Palli, I agree with Emil that you're second version is much improved. I don't mind the extra grain, I don't think the blurring worked well here, and prefer the crispness. As such, V2 is a nice composition with an ominous sky, and a nice sense of mood.   Posted: 10/05/2020 17:36:50

John Erve   John Erve
I prefer your "V2" as the added brightness in the center adds some additional drama to this scene. I second Emil's recommendation for Topaz Denoise AI. It can work wonders for images that have noise in the sky yet not overly smooth the subject.
  Posted: 10/05/2020 20:37:16

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Hi Palli, A lovely scene. This looks like a great beach from which to take pictures. I do like how you have cropped it. Your second version certainly has much more "punch" to it. The noise can easily be reduced in Topaz Denoise as suggested by Emil.   Posted: 10/06/2020 12:15:16

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Thanks Emil, Jack, John and Melanie for your individual comments. Its always nice to get these which are of great help.   Posted: 10/08/2020 01:57:18

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Palli, this image invites the viewer to vicariously become the runner. It is an amazing image considering the limits imposed by a 10 megapixel sensor. I have a bunch of photos taken with the 6 megapixel Nikon D50. Indeed, Topaz AI sharpen and noise reduction can do wonders with our old images. Topaz now needs to work on an anti-aging program for us human beings.   Posted: 10/12/2020 11:05:36
Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Hi Charles
Thanks for the comments. And yes, Topaz should invent something on the lines of anti-aging programs for human beings!!!!   Posted: 10/17/2020 01:49:34


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