Sven Zacek - ISO 12800

Sven Zacek - ISO 12800

I believe that wildlife photographers are enjoying great times at the moment. Autofocus, ISO quality and digital capture have really opened possibilities of showing our subjects' lives in more depth than has been possible before. I remember my first evenings with Ural owls back in 2007, when ISO 400 was the last good ISO and ISO 800 was only referred to rather reluctantly. Back then my alarm clock for going home went off when I reached F4, 1/30 at ISO 3200. That was way past of acceptable image quality, but I was hoping for something special, because with owls the later you stay the more you will see. Now with the Nikon D4 camera, my alarm clock was set for F2,8, 1/15 at ISO 12800. That is very dark, so dark that it is impossible for me to focus correctly manually through the viewfinder, but the camera still manages to autofocus. Amazing! So now there are very few excuses left for photographers for messing up good opportunities. The only downside I can think of is that during the spring rush, when I am out every day, now I arrive home later than I used to...:)

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Posted on 18.06.2012
Photo info - 30.04.2012: NIKON D4, 400 mm, ISO 12800, f 2.8, 1/60 sec
Tags: emane female händkakk isane male paar pair strix uralensis ural owl wildlife photography
Sven Zacek - ISO 12800

Sven Zacek - ISO 12800

I believe that wildlife photographers are enjoying great times at the moment. Autofocus, ISO quality and digital capture have really opened possibilities of showing our subjects' lives in more depth than has been possible before. I remember my first evenings with Ural owls back in 2007, when ISO 400 was the last good ISO and ISO 800 was only referred to rather reluctantly. Back then my alarm clock for going home went off when I reached F4, 1/30 at ISO 3200. That was way past of acceptable image quality, but I was hoping for something special, because with owls the later you stay the more you will see. Now with the Nikon D4 camera, my alarm clock was set for F2,8, 1/15 at ISO 12800. That is very dark, so dark that it is impossible for me to focus correctly manually through the viewfinder, but the camera still manages to autofocus. Amazing! So now there are very few excuses left for photographers for messing up good opportunities. The only downside I can think of is that during the spring rush, when I am out every day, now I arrive home later than I used to...:)

Location:

Posted on 18.06.2012
Photo info - 30.04.2012: NIKON D4, 400 mm, ISO 12800, f 2.8, 1/60 sec
Tags: emane female händkakk isane male paar pair strix uralensis ural owl wildlife photography