I hope this is the right section of the forums for this.
I realize that there are lots of variables, I tried to keep this as pure as possible. Does anyone know why the sky (and its all over the photo, but the sky shows it best) is so pixeled and grainy?
First the process... 2 images 1 a crop, the other unaltered. Shot on a canon 40d in raw. Taken into lightroom, and exported as a jpg. The issues exist even in lightroom as raw, and at both 400 and 800 iso. only sharpening is the lightroom standard 25/1.0.
I am shooting at 8mp, and posting at 1000x1000 (approx) I have a hard time beliveing that the crop caused it. It even appears when I look at the image a 100% on the screen without the crop... in fact it does not get worse when I look at the crop, so I doubt the crop is effecting it.