Monday, 16 July 2012

Off With Her Head...

Nikon D800  F/5.6  1/2.5s  ISO-3200  PrAP  EV 0  24mm
darkest moments...

This is Marie-Antoinette in the Conciergerie living out her last moments before having her head deftly cloven from her body. Aspirin, anyone?

Anyway, it was fairly gloomy. There may have been some internal lighting from behind me, but most of it was coming in from that window top left.

It's well over-exposed - i.e. blown out - so in reality you can imagine the murkiness of the scene.

My Nikon D800 was having none of it, however! Slam the ISO up to 3200, fairly wide aperture at f/5.6 and a very dodgy 1/2.5 shutter speed (doncha just love those mixed fractions and decimals?) and Bob's your uncle. A surprisingly ok shot. But then again, that's why I bought the damn thing in the first place, wasn't it?

I've yet to try the D800 out on murky night scenes but this was a good first step.

Most of the blur must have been camera shake at that hand-held shutter speed (I'm alergic to tripods) but still I'm not utterly disappointed. Check out the results given the above on some of the tiny elements of the shot to see how well it did...

I've brightened and sharpened a bit in Paint Shop Pro because to be honest it needed it but you can see the extent to which the detail is there, in the shading on Christ's body and the grain of the dilapidated wallpaper.

In the shot of the books the grain of the shot (i.e. the pixels) are starting to take over from the detail of the scene and I didn't dare apply just one more sharpen as the digital noise just exploded. That's not surprising though because at this tiny sample we're getting near to seeing every pixel and it's only the stunning resolution that allows us to get this up close and personal in the first place.

I'm really starting to appreciate the massive resolution because I often want to publish both an overall shot and a detail on my Paris If You Please blog. This allows me to use the same shot for both if I haven't got an appropriate close up. Check out this page for a perfect example of what I'm talking about, with a weather vane way up high making it impossible to get any sort of close-up, especially with my maximum 120mm lens.

One of my biggest regrets with this lens was that it wasn't a bit longer (24-120mm). Now I've half solved the problem with this mega resolution taking the place of a longer zoom and making it worth the huge file sizes of up to 45 MB in some cases.

Don't forget, by the way, that these shots have all been converted over to JPGs at a fairly high but not top quality of compression, so that will add even more distortion in what you're looking at as opposed to the original. You've got to admit the Jesus and the books are impressive, though...

In case you're interested, yes, my existing computer can deal with that resolution, but it does take a bit longer. That's life in the fast lane, I guess.

And why not...

* Sab Will runs Photo and Curios Tours in Paris, and also manages a variety of Paris and photography-themed sites and blogs. He writes an illustrated Paris Chronicle every day, runs a Meetup group for Paris lovers, interviews Paris personalities and reviews Paris books (on this blog), and even contributes to the city's street art (shh), so feel free to browse some of the links below and in the right-hand column to find out more about what he gets up to out there...

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