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Dunnock at ISO 1600!!

Dunnock at ISO 1600!!
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital ISO-1600, Hoya 77mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-24 3:30
Viewed: 2770
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here's the photo at a massive ISO I promised! This was taken at ISO 1600 and is about a 40% crop as well!

This was taken in darkish, cloudy conditions and I was still able to get a decent shutter-speed because of the high ISO!

I hope you like it!

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Hello My dear friend JOe,
Another superb shot in hard light conditions.
Lovely and splendid in all respects.
Greetings from Turkey

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-04-24 4:14]

Hi Joe,
Very nice, even with the problematic light you managed very well. Wonderful details and good sharpness on this bird.
Very nice Camera work and lovely composition.

A VERY impressive and good example of how a fine system such as Canon and you handled such a high ISO with very little or no noise. Excellent work Joey. You do know this could open a whole new world!? I sent you an email...hurry go look!

Hi Joe,

Very good shot and handling of high ISO value. This should be shown to Nikon fans;-) Very good natural colours, sharp details and nice clean BG.


Best wishes


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-24 10:04]

Hi Joe,

Can't believe this was at ISO 1600 and little or no noise. The face and plummage are beautiful with wonderful details and nice colors. I like the background.


Hi Joe,
This is what I wanted to see. Lovely the ISO 1600. Yes there is a very little noise. And worked very well. Thank you very much for sharing this educative shot.

Hello Joe,
You are the man!
much appreciated for this stunning sharing with a ISO1600 image, just perfect after the 40% crop!
a quality image in all aspect!
compliment for this!
best regards

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-04-24 12:12]

Hi Joe

Lovely capture of the Dunnock
Nicely composed with a good POV and a excellent tail up pose.
Very nice sharp feather detail
Superb natural colours and lovely light
I'm going to have to sit down and learn about all this ISO stuff, I'm ashamed to say I point and click.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-04-24 12:30]

Hello Joe,
Excellent photo for this light conditions. ISO 1600: Only a bit of noise on the underside of the bird in the BG. Didn't you use photoshop or something like that?
Great sharp details and composition. Beautiful colours, also in the BG.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-24 13:37]

Hola Joe.
Aun con un ISO alto se logra aqui una muy buena nitidez, no degrada mucho la foto y los pixeles conservan su tamaño y brillantez.
Buena foto Joe.
Es dificil poder lograr una imagen asi.
Saludos Joe.

hello Joe
it is really great result o ISO-1600. great capture of dunnock. thanks for sharing, best wishes

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-24 13:56]

Hi Joe

Great shot - you have retained great sharpness in the shot and nice colour. Well done.

The main problem I find about shooting at the highest speeds is that there is less leeway in post-processing - you have to get it right first time. So double well done.


Incredible result with ISO 1600 !!!!
Great quality shot indeed,
all is perfect,
bravo my friend,

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-04-24 17:37]

Hello Joey, superb shot of a beautiful bird, and the background is superb, I love those colours. It's incredible how much details 1600 ISO can retain. You have good gear, you have good technics and talent. It makes a superb photo. Thank you Joey,


ISO 1600 is the other side of the scale, Joe.
Anyway, it is the brave ones who venture and your venture has paid rich dividends.
If it was really too dark to take this picture, this is also a perfect example of the full range of potentials of a good DSLR in actual use.
Well done and keep venturing!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-25 3:00]

Hello Joe,
Excellent shot and superb one. Well done and in amazing shutter speed still a better shot. Well done TFS smiley tmrw

Hi Joe!

Imagine the same picture with these ISO settings a couple of years ago, or today with a less good camera than yours! The progress is huge, although this picture is not as clear and sharp as your pictures usually are. It lacks a bit of what we would call "piqué" in French. But the high ISO settings in combination with the low light conditions, as you described them, allowed you take a good picture. This is a very valuable posting if I consider that I normally use 100 ISO...

Kind regards


Hi Joe, good shoot at ISO 1600 without noise, splendid bird with wonderful colors and great details, very well done, ciao Silvio

1600 ISO and no fuzzy noise. WOW! Wonderfully done!!!

Nice Joey! Either you are very close to birds, or your camera is very fancy! Either way, you did a exellent job on this one! Well done Joey! Cheers Josh Lewis.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-29 9:04]

Hello Joe

A lovely close up this cute little dunnock.
The plumage is wonderful,the feathers are well defined.
Very good colouration and lighting.
Excellent eye detail and contact.


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