Since it's been raining and nearly dark all day, I thought it could be time to experiment a little with ISO.
So I set about shooting several not particularly important targets around the town at various speeds in varying degrees of darkness and downpour.
Happily, they all turned out pretty well. The local shops at 200, then 400 in moderate rain and gloom. Then the retail estate and in particular the 'Pizza Hut' building in its striking (?) overall battleship grey colour scheme at ISO800, f.8 @ 1/125th. and still no noise. Hand held, as always and holding on to a German Shepherd.
Finally, by this time feeling really confident, the postman's van. By this time it was pouring and not only was it darkening because of the weather, it really was getting dark because, well, it was that time. That one was shot at ISO1600, hand held @ f5.6 and 1/6th. second. Alright, it's not the sharpest shot I've ever taken but it's refreshingly noise free and surprisingly bright. Much more so than it was in reality, when I took the shot.
So, in all, a reasonably positive spin on an otherwise s****y day.
Let's hope the sun comes out tomorrow.