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On this weeks episode of Shutter Tripping I talked about wasting a whole morning of shots by shooting at the wrong ISO simply because I didn’t recheck my settings. It became the topic of this weeks Foul Up From the Field segment. I almost deleted them, but decided to go ahead and process them in Photomatix for fun. I wanted to compare it to last image set I took at ISO 3200, to the same image shot at ISO 100 (eventually I did realize what I was doing!)
I really thought that the ISO 3200 shots would be useless, but in fact they end up quite usable. No noise reduction was applied to the photo, and they were both pretty heavily processed in Lightroom and Nik Color Efex Pro 4. Older cameras would have made a horrible picture but new modern sensors show a different story. You don’t need to shoot everything at ISO 100 to have a good photo.
Now admittedly the 2nd picture is noisier. If you look at the sky or inside the building you can see evidence of noise. However this could have been dealt with easily using noise reduction software. For shooting at such an aggressively high ISO level, it’s really quite good.
Now some of you are asking WHY would you do this. Well if you are on a tripod and you can get all of your exposures that you need you may not need to. However what about hand-holding in bad light or indoors? What about those times where it’s so dark your over exposure takes more time than your camera will stay open for without bulb mode (on a Nikon that s a 30 second exposure). You might be able to speed things up by changing your aperture, but then you sacrifice your depth of field. By raising the ISO you can decrease the shutter speed and keep the same aperture without being killed by high noise levels.
Keep in mind this was daylight and the sun was getting stronger. The same shot at night at high ISO would have been noisier. I’m not sure if it would have been to noisy or not, but I’d still rather some noise than no photo.
Sometimes even the most ordinary of places can be magical if the light is right. It was dusk as I was walking down West 6th street in Cleveland a few weekends ago when I noticed the clouds at the far end of the block. The glow had a soft golden\orange hue that was just beautiful. I fired off a few frames to capture the moment and am pretty happy with the results. My only regret is that I wasn’t closer to the lake to get that same look with the water in the background. Oh well – next time.
Enjoy the day everyone.
Happy Monday Everyone
Today I’m off travelling so I need to keep this brief. I shot today’s picture over the weekend in Cleveland, OH. The fountain seems to have 3 names depending on where you source it from. First, and probably most often it is called the Fountain of Eternal Life. It is also called the War Memorial Fountain (which is a bit dull to me) and finally Peace Arising from the Flames of War which sounds way cooler in my mind. The statue is a memorial for Clevelanders who gave their lives in World War 2. It was dedicated in 1964 and designed by Marshall Fredericks.
This shot was taken in the Flats district of Cleveland a few years back. I’ve posted lots of photos from here before because it’s such a rich treasure trove of cool opportunities. This weekend I’m hosting a class on composition for the Digital Photo Academy that I’m happy to announce is sold out. However if you are interested in exploring the area, learning a bit about photography and having a good time, just check out the schedule. It’s time well spent.
Have a good day everyone.
A quick handheld sunrise shot taken from Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood. I was actually standing on a pretty sheer drop on some broken concrete chunks that were slightly less than stable. A tripod would have helped tremendously but not bad for only 3 brackets handheld.
Happy Monday everyone.
I’m excited about Saturday’s new Composition in the Field class at Cleveland’s North Coast Harbor. Part class, part photo-walk, it should be a great location to have fun, learn a bit more about photography and enjoy a nice day by the lake. It’s a great location with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Great Lakes Science Center, Browns Stadium, etc. If you are in the area and are interested in a fun and informative morning check out the information on the Digital Photo Academy website. (May 5th, 2012)
If nature photography is more your style, I’m also teaching a Composition in the Field class at Virginia Kendall Park in Peninsula, OH from 2:00 – 5:00 pm on Sunday May 6th). It’s a great way to finish off a weekend. Info on this class can be found here.
Happy Monday everyone.