With little time to react, I put my camera into manual mode and set the camera to settings that I felt would be sufficient to capture the moderate pace of the firefighters (1/125) and the smallest f-stop. I left my camera in auto ISO in the hopes of getting a shot, and it turned out that I needed my max (non-extended) ISO to get the shot.
I could easily take the raw image and clean it up for a nice image, but I thought for fun I’d post the original in-camera JPEG with zero modifications. No cropping, no nothing.
This is the size image you’d see printed in a newspaper and you’d typically see in a web article, so while the full-size image does have a fair amount of noise this image is publishable (and news sources were very excited to see this shot).
In these days of pixel peeping and going nuts about noise, I thought I’d toss this out there as a reminder – it’s the image first and foremost that makes the most difference. ISO 25,600 also gave me what I needed to get a nice exposure for the scene so instead of a black mess that I would have got with an older camera at ISO 6400, I got a shot that made the photo editors excited.
Where to order
I’ve been extremely happy with my Canon 5D Mark III and the new Canon EF 24-70mm f/4.0L IS USM Lens has been fantastic (much better than I expected). You can pick up both from B&H by clicking the links in this article.
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