Have you ever wondered what it looks like when you go past your “ceiling” when thinking about ISO? Four years ago my ceiling was probably ISO 400. Today, my ceiling is different depending on the camera I’m using… Typically it’s in the neighborhood of ISO 6400. In fact, I use ISO 6400 so often that I wouldn’t even consider a camera that couldn’t put together a nice image at 6400. But what about ISO 12800?
Is it usable? That’s the question I asked myself when I took this shot. I wasn’t worried about the sharpness or whether or not it was over or under exposed, I was fairly certain it would be a noisy mess so it wouldn’t really matter. Surprisingly, when I blew it up on the retina screen back home it wasn’t bad at all. I don’t think it would win any contests because of the noise, but it’s certainly clean enough for just about any other use.
The photo has been post processed in Lightroom and the noise has been dealt with as best as it can be using only Lightroom. Feel free to leave your thoughts.
Have you tested your camera beyond your “ceiling” ISO? I encourage you to push the boundaries of your comfort zone in regards to ISO, you may be surprised by what your camera can produce… Not jaw dropping surprised, like when someone jumps out of your closet and scares the poop out of you, but more of a shoulder shrug and sigh kind of surprise… Like when you find a couple bucks in your wrinkled, wore them for the last five days, pants that you should probably put through the wash today, Dirt Ball.