Last night I was invited to pop by 129 1/2. It’s a local restaurant / jazz stop. I do like jazz, so I went for a little while. Not too long though….just not a late night kind of a guy.
Steve was playing for the evening. Bongos, trumpet, singing. He’s good. I even got a little video of him. At some point I’ll have to ask about his music for a podcast intro. I think it would go nicely!
As most readers know, I dig landscapes, old buildings, relics, ghost towns, etc. I’ve just never been much of an indoor shooter. But as I watched and listened I wondered about shooting Steve playing. Oh, and shooting him with no flash……hmmm…..
From where I was sitting I needed to get closer in. So I broke out the 70-200mm F/4. Wish it was a faster lens, and I’m sure you do too.
Here’s the thing. The images weren’t “intolerable”. Looking at the first shot you can totally see some extreme noise in the wall behind him. But he’s still pretty sharp. I cruised around the image in Lightroom2 for a while, looked at everything, and found that it wasn’t a throw away image.
While not a throw away, the noise is pretty noticeable. Pretty simple, and I don’t think anyone would miss the noise, especially if I wanted to do a larger format print of the image.
Still, not horrible. What you’re looking at here today is an unretouched image. My next step (not in this post) is to break out Topaz DeNoise3 and see what it can buy me. With luck it might be able to handle some of the noise. I certainly don’t expect it to fix all of it. Looking at the backdrop, if I could get 50% noise reduction I’d be happy.
Guess that will be a project for another post……
And just for your viewing pleasure, a second shot. Not retouched either, but cropped in a good bit so you can really get a feel for the noise at ISO 6400 with the 5D Mark II.