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United Kingdom
Title: Agrumenia (=Zygaena) faustaSony Cybershot DSC H10
Agrumenia (=Zygaena) fausta (20)
meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)

Noise Reduction
Noise Reduction
accassidy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454) [2009-07-31 02:45:06] [6] [+]
Hi Dietrich,
I don't think the sharpness is a serious fault, the details of the moth a quite good. I did think that overall the image was a bit dark for a day-flying moth and I did notice some noise in the background. So I have used Neat Image at 70% and have increased the brightness +25.
Alan
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Poland
Title: Large Copper MaleNikon D90
Large Copper Male (3)
mroweczka (315)

Noise reduction, crop, sharpen
Noise reduction, crop, sharpen
accassidy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454) [2009-07-29 15:54:00] [1]
Noise reduction in Nest Image, cropping to suit screen ratio and slight sharpening in Photoshop.
Hope you find it useful.
Alan
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Venezuela
Title: Polistinae MischocyttarusCanon SX 110 IS
Polistinae Mischocyttarus (26)
jlinaresp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1303 W: 56 N: 4023] (17292)

Neat Image
Neat Image
accassidy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454) [2009-07-12 11:25:07] [3] [+]
Noise taken out at the 80% luminance setting. Then sharpened in Photoshop using the unsharp mask at 100/0.6/0. Hope this is useful.
Alan
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Italy
Title: °Lampides boeticus 1 °°Nikon D40X
°Lampides boeticus 1 °° (22)
flashpoint Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 630 W: 133 N: 4324] (28008)

Neat Image
Neat Image
accassidy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454) [2009-07-11 12:44:35]
I was able to take some noise out of the BG using Neat Image. I then re-sharpened in Photoshop with the unsharp mask at 75/0.6/0.
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Lithuania
Title: Scarce CopperCanon EOS 300 D
Scarce Copper (5)
rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)

De-Noise, Crop, Sharpen
De-Noise, Crop, Sharpen
accassidy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454) [2009-07-09 12:30:56] [2]
Used Neat Image to reduce noise in background, then cropped and applied Unsharp Mask at 120/0.6.0 using Photoshop Elements. Hope this is useful.
Alan
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Netherlands
Title: Blotched Emerald - Comibaena bajulariaCanon EOS 40 D
Blotched Emerald - Comibaena bajularia (3)
Harm-digitaal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 110 W: 7 N: 1968] (7604)

Replace Colour
Replace Colour
accassidy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454) [2009-07-09 12:26:04]
Just selected the red and changed the hue to a green and took the brightness right down. Gives a more neutral feel to the whole image. Less exciting, but easier to look at!!
Alan
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Italy
Title: vanessa carduiNikon D40X
vanessa cardui (25)
cobra112 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2093 W: 75 N: 6382] (43366)

Noise Reduction
Noise Reduction
accassidy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454) [2009-07-06 14:37:06] [1]
Hi Roberto,
I have used Neat Image, which you can download from the web, with luminance set at 80% to reduce noise in the background. I have also used the Blur Tool in Photoshop carefully to remove some small artifacts caused by general sharpening If you zoom in and look around the antennae and the purple flowers, you will see what I mean. Its just to make the image look smoother and a little less processed.
Alan
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Canada
Title: Northern fairy
Northern fairy (12)
Elsimon Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 15 W: 0 N: 70] (520)

Noise removel, lightening
Noise removel, lightening
accassidy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454) [2009-07-05 13:16:27] [2]
Using Neat Image and Photoshop Elements, I have reduced the background noise, cropped the image a bit tighter top and bottom, then sharpened and lightened a bit. I have also changed the aspect ratio a tad to make the butterfly appear wider. A cheat, sure, but it seems to work here.
Alan
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Iran
Title: ...
... (8)
reza1001 (200)

Shadows, noise
Shadows, noise
accassidy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454) [2009-06-18 14:24:33] [1]
The butterfly in the original looks to me to be rather in shadow and under exposed. I have lightened the shadows using Photoshop Elements and lightened the underside of the Copper. I have also used the Blur tool on the BG to reduce some noise that was more evident in the brighter picture.
Alan
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Poland
Title: Cupido argiades, maleCanon EOS 1000D
Cupido argiades, male (8)
Alutka Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 131 W: 43 N: 400] (1682)

Denoise, darken
Denoise, darken
accassidy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454) [2009-06-16 08:46:55] [2]
Hi Alina,
I have used the Blur Tool Photoshop Elements to remove noise from the background, and then darkened the highlights in the picture to remove a little glare from the hindwing. Lastly, selectively sharpened some of the hindwing where it was just a little out of focus. Best wishes.
Alan
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