The beauty is in the detail

[image title=”Portsmouth Cathedral” size=”medium” id=”1997″ align=”center” alt=”1/200sec, f2.8, ISO 1600, 30mm (45mm), Nikon D300″ ]
Portsmouth Cathedral – 1/200sec, f2.8, ISO 1600, 30mm (45mm), Nikon D300, RAW
If you read the post that I wrote on Saturday, you may have already seen this image but during the course of this week I shall be picking out individual shots taken from our trip to Portsmouth and writing about them in depth…

Just before I bought the D300 I was also looking at the other option of buying the D700, however I am still a little weary of going full-frame, I have my reasons and one of them is the fact that I do like the extra magnification that I get with the smaller sensor type. I have owned both the D100 and the D200 both of which possess a similar sensor size and type. This is very handy for wildlife, travel, macro and even photographing people. All subjects that form the thread of my main photographic interests. The only exception to this being landscape, where admittedly a full-frame would be useful but I have overcome this in using the fantastic Sigma 10-20 lens. So the D300 won in this respect, it was the logical choice and plus the lesser price tag greatly appealed.

The latest range of Nikon cameras all boast great ISO ranges with the lowest noise levels ever seen in digital SLR cameras. My new camera being no exception to this and one of the features I picked to explore on Saturday was the Auto ISO function. ISO used to be a real problem in the days of film but digital has alleviated that conundrum for all of us thanks to the ability to switch your SLRs light sensitivity at will. One minute you could be outdoors in bright light shooting the exterior of a cathedral and the next you could be inside photographing the finer details. Once you step inside, the light levels drop dramatically and it’s down to you to change the ISO setting. The modern day equivalent of changing a roll of film or swapping cameras!

Now imagine the camera could do this for you?! Well now many of them do and the D300 does just this and I have been testing it out.

Today’s image was taken at the big old ISO of 1600! I have to admit I wouldn’t normally select this if it were a manual choice of mine and the light levels inside didn’t appear to be be that low but having said that the subject itself wasn’t exactly sat in a direct beam of light coming from the outside. So I shall accept it’s judgment in this case and anyhow, it looks great and I cannot pick out any noise at all. No complaints from me.

This shot was also a great opportunity to check out the detail and sharpness of the images captured and I am seriously chuffed to bits with the results.

More on the blog tomorrow, another image will be picked and analysed!

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