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Old Jan 16, 2011, 11:53 AM   #1
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Default Mountain Gorilla @ ISO 12,800

K5, 55-300, ISO 12,800, 260-300mm, f5.6-5.8, 1/200. All are heavily PP'd.

Mountain Gorilla. Shot on a cold, grey day. Gorilla was inside with very little light at all - a little natural light coming in from a window on the left as we look at the gorilla but it was very dark even for humans - everyone else gave up trying to take photos (we were shooting through glass and the gorilla was too far away for the on-camera flashes to reach him). About 15M (50 feet) away. These shots came out very dark - I should have been shooting at 25,600 or even 51,200.





Does converting it to B/W make it better or worse ?

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APS-c is still very noisy up there. It works better as a grainy BW. Some more NR would clean it up a bit, with detail lost.
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I agree I like the B/W better. Hard to get something like that to come out right to start with, being in the dark and all. But is is a valient attempt!!! Frank
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Thanks Sho .... I think that the camera is capable of much better than these, though I haven't tried it on such an interesting subject yet. As I said I really should have taken these at 25,600 or more as trying to pull detail out of a nearly dark shot must introduce considerable noise.

Thanks Frank ! Interesting that you both prefer the B&W whereas on other forums the colour seems more popular. Pboerger did a great job of cleaning up one of these.
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they are not too bad considering
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Thanks Kazuya - I've actually tried the K5 at 12,800 at home and they came out great (so does 25,600 - definitely usable after cleaning up).
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