...and other misconceptions I made 07-01-11
2007 Jan 11
December 30th 2007
What I mean when I say “good at low light”

Posted by D under toys

In these pictures you see that the girls are carrying flashlights. That’s because they were taken this morning between 6:00am and 6:30am in the house with only a few lights on. The first three are in a small hallway with the light off – all light is coming from the kitchen. The other two are from the upstairs hallway with the ceiling lights on.

The first two were taken at 1/25s, f/4.0, ISO3200, 35mm focal length, the third one at 1/40s, f/3.5, ISO3200 and 27mm focal length. That isn’t really low light. That’s dark.

H2 lighting the darkS2 lighting the darkS2 and H2 playing with light

If you look closely you can see some motion blur due to the slow shutter speed – H2’s flash light in the left picture or S2’s feet in the one on the right.

The next two have a lot more light, 1/60s, f/4.0, ISO1600, 35mm and 1/60s, f/2.8, ISO1800, 17mm. As you can tell, Auto ISO tries to keep me at 1/60s (as I told it to) and so it gives me lower ISO values (and therefore less noise).

H2 and S2 in the laundry basketS2 pulling H2 in the sled

Needless to say, no noise cancellation or sharpening was done in post-processing. I did have to fix the white balance and cropped the shots.

Oh btw, I needed to stop the girls from playing in the laundry basket soon after the last picture was taken; they wanted to take their sled down the stairs… and I decided that was more fun that I was ready for.

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