Some low light handheld D800 shots

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I was in London last Saturday visiting my daughter who is at one of the Universities there. We went to see the wonderful exhibition of Harry Callahan photos at the Tate Modern. If you live in the area and are planning on going don't forget to also see the William Eggleston exhibition in the adjoining rooms.

http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/display/harry-callahan

I'd only ever seen Callahan's photos on-line so it was great to have the chance to look at a good selection of his prints.

The same day we also visited a light & sound exhibition at the Barbican. It's called Momentum and is by a company called United Visual Artists. It was extremely dark in the exhibition which was all about shafts of light moving to sound. Photography was allowed but no flash and tripods would have been dangerous in the dark like that.

Here's some handheld shots I took - they are all taken at iso 6400 with my 16-35vr lens wide open at f4. Shutter speeds were very low, typically between 1/4 second and nearly 1 second which is far lower than I would normally be comfortable with using the D800. I was particularly impressed by how clean the blacks are at such a high iso.

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Great photos! Great set!

Bravo!

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Great photos! Great set!

Bravo!

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I love low lights an underexposed mood. Excellent!

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Hi Ian, Harry Callaham is one of my favourite photographers from the old times, his square compositions are very inspiring (and I see you have recently adopted the square frame for many images).

Would you elaborate a bit on that?

Nice lowlight images, btw.

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Ian, wonderful shots from you as always.

In this range of ISO and shutter speed, you would be able to get added benefit from doing a black frame subtraction.  Those blacks will clean up on the order of a stop further.

Not that this is necessary.  These pictures are lovely just as they are in BW.

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Very nice. Good processing of subtle lighting.

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I also am a fan of Harry Callahan.  There are a few of his images on display at the Weston Gallery in Carmel, CA if anyone is close.

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Terrific set of photos.  Wish I was there.  How long does it run for?  I absolutely love the lighting and the effect of the exhibit, it's a great use of the lens, and yes, the VR really does work in this case.

I just bought the 16-35 myself, but for a very different immediate reason -- NikonUSA's sale on the lens (a rarity, they discount it less than almost any other), combined with the sea caves and stacks on Lake Superior that have frozen up to the point this winter that you have complete access on foot on the two-to-three foot thick ice that now stretches out several miles from the shore.

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Thanks Alessandro!

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Hi Ian, Harry Callaham is one of my favourite photographers from the old times, his square compositions are very inspiring (and I see you have recently adopted the square frame for many images).

Would you elaborate a bit on that?

Nice lowlight images, btw.

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Hi Renato,

The Harry Callahan exhibition was really excellent. Many of the prints were made available to the gallery via the "American Fund" for the Tate which is a fund established in 1988 after an anonymous donation of $6 million.

I did love many of his square format photos, particularly his semi abstract and varied series on grasses, however my favourite print from the exhibition was "Wabash St 1958": https://d1ycxz9plii3tb.cloudfront.net/additional_images/525eece49c18dbdf4c000065/large.jpg which has a fantastic use of light and shadow with deep, deep blacks.

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Ian, wonderful shots from you as always.

In this range of ISO and shutter speed, you would be able to get added benefit from doing a black frame subtraction. Those blacks will clean up on the order of a stop further.

Not that this is necessary. These pictures are lovely just as they are in BW.

Hi Luke,

I've never tried doing a dark frame subtraction in Photoshop although, as I do a lot of long-exposure photography I always have the relevant menu option for that enabled in my camera. Are there significant differences?

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Very nice. Good processing of subtle lighting.

Thanks Joe!

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I also am a fan of Harry Callahan. There are a few of his images on display at the Weston Gallery in Carmel, CA if anyone is close.

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Thanks for that Bill!

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Terrific set of photos. Wish I was there. How long does it run for? I absolutely love the lighting and the effect of the exhibit, it's a great use of the lens, and yes, the VR really does work in this case.

I just bought the 16-35 myself, but for a very different immediate reason -- NikonUSA's sale on the lens (a rarity, they discount it less than almost any other), combined with the sea caves and stacks on Lake Superior that have frozen up to the point this winter that you have complete access on foot on the two-to-three foot thick ice that now stretches out several miles from the shore.

Hi Daniel,

The Momentum exhibition at the Barbican is on until the June 1st 2014.

Let me know if you post your shots of the sea caves on-line anywhere as I'd love to see them,

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Luke Kaven wrote:

Ian, wonderful shots from you as always.

In this range of ISO and shutter speed, you would be able to get added benefit from doing a black frame subtraction. Those blacks will clean up on the order of a stop further.

Not that this is necessary. These pictures are lovely just as they are in BW.

Hi Luke,

I've never tried doing a dark frame subtraction in Photoshop although, as I do a lot of long-exposure photography I always have the relevant menu option for that enabled in my camera. Are there significant differences?

The D800 sensor runs very hot with all its active circuitry.  At high ISO settings, the thermal noise at even handheld shutter speeds make for a bluish-magenta cast with local hot spots.  Live view makes it run even hotter.

It's the same situation as with very long exposures, but now at handheld speeds.  We would like it if the camera had an option to do a full-time black frame subtraction, but it doesn't.  So that's why we have to do it in photoshop instead.

The new PhaseOne IS250 uses the Sony medium format sensor (55mp, 44x33mm) and does a /mandatory/ black frame subtraction automatically on every shot. This is (pretty much) the same design as the D800 in larger die.

The good news is that once you do this, you can shoot very nicely up to ISO 25600 with this camera.

The pictures you posted here are perfect as they are in my view.  But if you were curious about checking our your images from that night, you can do the black frame at a future date with excellent results.  Adjust the percentage to get the blacks to be black again.

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Speaking of low light! I was shocked when I heard my shutter click. The whole place was pitch black

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Will do.  I've got quite the work deadline right now but will put them on Flickr and post back.

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rhlpetrus wrote:

Hi Ian, Harry Callaham is one of my favourite photographers from the old times, his square compositions are very inspiring (and I see you have recently adopted the square frame for many images).

Would you elaborate a bit on that?

Nice lowlight images, btw.

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Hi Renato,

The Harry Callahan exhibition was really excellent. Many of the prints were made available to the gallery via the "American Fund" for the Tate which is a fund established in 1988 after an anonymous donation of $6 million.

I did love many of his square format photos, particularly his semi abstract and varied series on grasses, however my favourite print from the exhibition was "Wabash St 1958": https://d1ycxz9plii3tb.cloudfront.net/additional_images/525eece49c18dbdf4c000065/large.jpg which has a fantastic use of light and shadow with deep, deep blacks.

Ian
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Interesting image, I think I had missed seeing it before, thanks for the link.

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Speaking of low light! I was shocked when I heard my shutter click. The whole place was pitch black

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