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This is a throwback. In 2008 this is one of the first images I shot at night with my then brand-new Canon 40D. When I looked at the LCD I was delighted. When I got home, much less so due to the noise and the underexposure. I've been back up the mountain perhaps 80 times, and never have I seen the fog sensuously enrobe the landscape like it did on this night. Every shot was underexposed and noisy.

Fortunately the tools to manage the noise are getting better all the time, and a shot like this with lots of smoothness can benefit from pretty forceful noise reduction using Adobe Camera Raw 7.4, and Topaz Labs DeNoise.I've just about finished the material for a "Down with the Noise" Webinar.There is still some horizontal banding noise in this image and I may reprocess it again.

All the light comes from the glow of 9 million households - much of that using the yellow/brown sodium vapor light.

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