Walking in the lockdown, walking up a hill towards a bus shelter that was being visually roasted by the sun’s early light.  The was a colourful advertisement on the far wall of the shelter and, as the warm hues of the sunrise played on this poster, reflections flew everywhere and the interior of the shelter was ablaze with bright, warm colours.

Technique: a blogging colleague, Michael Scandling, recently put out a very useful post (here) discussing the quality of digital images.  Many photographers try for images that are as noise-free and sharp as possible, which can result in pictures that, to use his words, are plastic and clinical – and I know exactly what he means.  Some think that all images should be technically perfect, whereas others consider content and narrative more important – and I’m 100% with the contenters and narrators.  In his post, Michael went on to say that, in post processing, he often uses noise reduction sparingly, that he sometimes selectively softens areas of a picture and artificially introduces grain.

And so to trying out some of Michael’s points here – no luminance noise reduction; artificially introduced grain; Lightroom’s Camera Vivid profile; increased Vibrance – and I like the result, and am certainly going to bear these points in mind for future pictures >>> thank you, Michael!

And looking at all these colours brings a story to mind.  Forty or more years ago, in Kenya, I was giving a slideshow (remember slideshows?) to a group of American aid workers who were lolling around smoking pot, and I’ll always remember the almost ecstatic tones of ” … oh wow, man! …… THE  ******* COLOURS, MAN! ……”.   Halcyon days …  and no, before you ask, I didn’t take up the offer of any of their heavenly medicine … already, at that tender age, being a truly confirmed disciple of the … Electric Soup … courtesy, in those days, of the excellent output of Kenya Breweries, which even included a  local version of Guinness!

Click onto the “early morning” tag (below) to see more images from the early hours of the day.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window – recommended.

Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 800 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Vivid profile; south Bristol; 5 Apr 2020.





  1. What you did was successful; adding grain is just the right thing sometimes, but reducing noise can be, too. It all depends. Not that I disagree with the premise. 🙂


    • No, absolutely, each image has to be looked at separately regarding its presentation / processing requirements – the thing is to have an armoury or toolkit of potentially useful processing techniques in mind when faced with an image.


    • Thank you, Paula! Two things to say, really. First, the subject matter lent itself to this treatment. And second, whether I will be able to use these techniques elsewhere is another matter – but its certainly good to have them in mind. Adrian


    • I can think of many, many (hopefully!) witty replies to this, Harrie – eg “Well yes, I do think my new hairstyle gives me that extra something!”, but I shall content myself with saying “Harrie, thank you very much!!!”. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  2. Thank you very much for mentioning me. This picture is uniquely yours and uniquely real. Let me emphasize real. Here’s an observation that I didn’t mention but is easy to observe: noise or grain give a picture a bit of a sparkle, a bit of a glow. Like this one for instance.

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    • A pleasure to mention you: and I always give credit where credit is due. I’m very glad that you like this – thank you! I understand what you mean about grain giving sparkle and glow, and I’ll certainly keep it in mind. Thanks again. Adrian

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