Thursday, August 26, 2010

Photo of the Day: "Untitled 90-4313"

Here it is. A scene of serenity in the middle of nowhere. Enjoy. As always, full size images are available for purchase.

Oh, wait, there's more!

Yesterday's image was difficult to compose, but generally easy, technically. Today's image pushes the possibilities of the camera. Whereas yesterday's composition was taken as ISO 800... well, here are today's image specs:

Nikon D90, Nikkor 17-35 f2.8, 17mm, f2.8, 30 sec. exposure, ISO 3200, neutral scene mode.

At ISO 3200 this is pushing the limit of the camera. In yesterday's image, a long exposure needed to combat amp noise, where the electrons powering the sensor can color the image. Here, I'm asking every damn thing of the sensor that it has to offer. Max low light sensitivity, minimum amp noise. This is most challenging of not only the amp noise, but it also taxes in-camera noise reduction. (This is an out-of-camera JPEG.) Go ahead: click for  full size. There is noise in the sky. If I were going to sell this image, I'd have to spend lots of time in post to clean it up. But Nikon delivers: where else can you find an ISO 3200 image this clean?

Count the stars. This image evokes feelings totally different from yesterday's, although they were only taken 36 minutes apart.

For a bonus to compliment yesterday's image, here's another:

I failed to capture what I wanted (so I shot again — the result is yesterday's Photo of the Day).

Nikon D90, Nikkor 17-35 f2.8, 17mm, 45 sec. exposure, ISO 800, f5.6. For its presentation here, -3EV and some color correction.

Someone asked, so here is the same photo pre-post. This is exactly what came out of the camera, save for resizing and ©. Note the color of the "white" trees. Also compare the light falloff around Mamadog, on the right side of the image. The Nikon can capture subtlety where we failed to note its existence.

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