@gnarlydog australia asked how I got this picture over in the top 5 for July thread. Instead of cluttering up that thread, I thought it might be best to answer it here.
It doesn't bother me too much, but when the photo was taken the subject (my boy) is REALLY dark, despite the focal point is on him. I guess I'm just not used to Panasonic's metering, cause I know on my EM1/10 the subject would be a lot brighter (and both camera's set to center weighted metering). So I had to dial up the Shadow to 100% when I edited the RAW file in LR. Probably could have avoided the problem with HDR but it didn't look like I needed to turn HDR on when I took the photo.Still like the photo quite a lot. I don't find noise on the pup at all objectionable. If the noise on walls and door really bothers you, you might try some selective NR on a layer, masking out the adjustments you've already made on the pup before you apply the NR. From my experience with noise, I think Topaz DeNoise could do a good job on it. The AI Clear feature of Topaz Studio 2 might do even better. Or a vignette could direct attention away from the background and force it more onto the pup. But really, I think the photo is very good as it is.