One of my readers sent a terrific image! It was captured with a D300s at ISO 6400. I was very interested in the techniques that he used, so he graciously sent me his process.

Here is the image (click for the full size JPG, about 3mb). The original was a RAW file.

Here are the adjustments that were made to the RAW file…

The lighting was tungsten. He used a white piece of paper for custom white balance and stopped down to F4 (aperture priority). Nothing else.

For post processing, he used Lightroom 3. Here are the settings for this image:
Luminance Noise Reduction: +40
Clarity: +30
Tone Curve (Darks): -20

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