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Photo 366 (301) "ISO."

26 Nov 2012 6:41PM   Views : 1175 Unique : 403



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.


Gary66 5 246 England
26 Nov 2012 7:46PM
I need to start practicing with my ISO aswell., cheers for sharing your settings.

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Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
26 Nov 2012 7:57PM
Hi Gary,
It's all about practice, isn't it ! ?
Those settings that I used above were really experimental and as luck would have it, they worked.
Realistically, I should have used a tripod for the mail van shot, which would have rendered it a lot sharper but the object of taking the shot was to see how noisy it would be and fortunately, there was very little. Neither of those shots have been de-noised. You can see them more clearly if you look in my "November" album.
They were shot using a Nikon D3100, which might, in some people's eyes, be cheap and cheerful but it does perform pretty well and even at ISO3200 noise is bearable, if you're not too fussy!
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
27 Nov 2012 9:43PM
Well within acceptable parameters. I don't mind noise myself, but it's probably more successful using b/w than colour. You get fringing and aberrations with colour which are really annoying.
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
27 Nov 2012 9:53PM
Thanks Chris.
I thought that they'd turned out well enough. I'm not that concerned about noise either, provided it's not too severe.
My next trick will be to try a few at 3200 and see if I can find a setting at which that might work.
As for 6400; I think that Nikon just included that because they were able to!

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