11 February 2011


Been a while since I've heard Slate Row playing at the Celtic — fortunately, not as long ago as this photo.

[24 November 2007, Canon 20D, 300 mm f4 L IS, ISO 3200, 1/80s at f4] 

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Barbara said...

Lovely shot! Isn't the music these beauties make absolutely stunning? I never heard him do it myself, but I'm told my grandfather could pick out tunes on the fiddle just by listening. What a feeling that must be!

Paul said...

ISO 3200

Where’s the noise? How much and what kind of work was done on this photo? Was this a pose or an action shot?

pohanginapete said...

Barbara, we're so lucky here to have such a wealth of great musicians. I'm sure many of them would be able to do what your grandfather could — to them, music seems as much intuitive as learned.

Paul, I wondered whether someone would ask about the high ISO! I removed most of the noise in Lightroom, but even before that it wasn't obtrusive. The exposure was pretty much spot on, so I didn't need to lighten the shadows (in fact, I darkened them slightly) — noise starts to become noticeable very quickly when you try to enhance shadow detail. Other than the obvious toning, I did little processing.

Remember that the 20D, although old now, has a much larger pixel pitch than the newer Canons with APS-C sized sensors. This means its native ability to handle low light is actually much better than the newer sensors with their excessive megapixel counts. Those newer cameras deal with noise very well, but largely because of improved in-camera processing (and, admittedly, to some extent improved sensor design). Thus, while the 60D can be dialled up to a nominal ISO 12800, its signal-to-noise ratio at comparable ISO is virtually indistinguishable from that of the 20D. (Personally, I'm very disappointed with Canon's apparent obsession with high pixel counts.)

pohanginapete said...

PS: Paul, it wasn't posed. I don't remember whether Viv was actually playing at the time, or just getting ready to start, although I doubt 1/80th would have frozen the movement of the bow and string had she been playing.