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Old Mar 9, 2007, 5:08 PM   #1
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My student photographer and I continue to experiment with the Fuji s6000fd, trying to find the optimal combination of ISO level and post processing techniques for shooting night time soccer in high school football stadiums. Below are two shots....one at 1600, the other at 3200.

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Old Mar 9, 2007, 5:11 PM   #2
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Both shots contain noise, no question. But, I'm surprised by how close the final result can come out.


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One other difference between the two photos....photo #2 was taken at maximum zoom of 67mm at f4.9 (1/184th).....#1 was at a far lower zoom, 46mm, f4.3 (1/140th).


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It is quite likely that some critics will complain that the pictures are not crystal clear and noise free. Personally, I would be proud to have images like these of people that I knew. You can see who they are, there is good action in them. What more do you need? I don't think it is likely that when you share these pictures that the typical viewer is going to complain about high ISO, etc.. Especially after a few years have passed. Good job!
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Thank you for your kind words. I'm very pleased with the results we're getting with the camera. One of the questions we have hadis the best way to optimize sports performance at night, specifically how to minimize noise problems with the trade off of higher noise at ISO 3200 vs. motion blur problems at ISO 1600.

What we have found is that there is simply not enough light for ISO 1600 when you stretch out to higher zoom levels. Brightness has to be increased in post processing, and the noise that you pick up on that step is greater than the noise inherent in shooting at ISO 3200. The following photo is a medium zoom shot, 37mm at f4.1, of players jumping in a wall on a free kick. I have yet to find out why the guy on the right chose to cover his mouth, lol.


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