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Old Jan 16, 2011, 12:52 PM   #1
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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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Old Jan 16, 2011, 12:56 PM   #2
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worse. it's actually pretty good with the light reflecting off his face. if you pp the background down a bit (beats me how) I think you have captured a great image in very difficult conditions.
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Old Jan 16, 2011, 5:18 PM   #3
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The b&w conversion doesn't work for me - way too "flat" (not enough contrast). The poses are great and typical...

Did you crop these? Or just resized? Coming from my K-r I know, that some ISO12800 shots come out pretty clean and nice while others (fur for example) have issues. I still think if the histogram was ok in these you could/should try another pp attempt...

Anyway - as I said - I like the poses - thanks for sharing!

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Nice subject Kevin, but too much graininess for my liking!
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I too like the color better than B&W in this case. You might try some other B&W conversion methods to bring out more contrast. Very nice shot - especially the lighting and expression - despite the difficulties with noise. Perhaps some selective de-noising of just the background, and a touch of sharpening at his face might help a little...
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I shoot a lot of low light events. Here is my take. Downsizing can make a big difference. Noise reduction in Topaz adjust and sharpening.
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I agree with the others on the B&W, Kev.
I'm impressed with the first one. Even though though its not necessarily a wall hanger, its still quite good under the conditions you describe.

Nice job on the edit, pboerger!
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I also like the color version more than the B&W. The noise doesn't bother me, but I know I'm in the minority on that issue.
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I also vote for the color shot. I find them both great shots but favor the first one as the eye expression is an important part of the shot for me. The green tint on the Gorilla however, makes it look sinister.

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Thanks Frank - yes everyone else gave up and I would have too if I didn't have the K5 (or Kr, Kx).

Th. Know what you mean about flat. 1. Not cropped. 2 & 3. Minor Cropping. Thanks for you comments !

Thanks Jehan !

Mole - yes it's tough and I didn't want to spend time on these as they are not keepers / printers, but it seems PBoerger has done a great job ! Thanks for commenting.

Thanks PB - great job !! I have but didn't use Topaz Adjust, I'll have to try it for these !

Thank you John - yes as I said to Mole, not keepers but just to see what I could get under very tough conditions. I really should have shot at 25,600 or 51,200 as I'm sure they would have cleaned up better than trying to drag all the details out of a nearly black image !

Thanks Mtnman - some people call it grain

Thank you Lou - sinister or sad. I'm sure that was the light reflecting off of the painted green floor.
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