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Old 05-15-2018   #1
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Normally I would just put my camera away in such dark areas as I was walking on this night. But I had nothing to lose, so set my cheap consumer Olympus E-M10 to Monochrome (black and white) mode - cranked the ISO to the max of 12,800 - set aperture to the largest possible of f3.5 at the wide end of my 14-42mm kit lens —— and fired away at anything interesting while I walked the street. Quality isn’t the greatest obviously, but with such poor lighting it would be unlikely to get great shots with any camera. Artistic - now that is a different story.


Processing was done by sending the selected images wirelessly to my iPad Air and processing them in the Snapseed app, then uploaded to gifyu.com for linking to on the web.

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On the previous night, I stood at a busy intersection with slightly more street light, and used one of my favourite settings on my Olympus cameras - the Grainy Film black and white filter with the frame edge. I set my ISO to 8,000 and the format to 6x6.

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The human interest in these photos transcends the obvious technical limitations. As humans and not machines, that should be most important.
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The human interest in these photos transcends the obvious technical limitations. As humans and not machines, that should be most important.
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Very nice!

Surprised it does so well at high ISO. But why does your 12,800 look better than your 8000??

My older gear poops out at 3200 with noise.

Used M43 for a year. Just great little street cam. But I gave it up . Too hard to adjust manually on the fly.
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Great candids Robert. m4/3rd I believe is under rated.

Of course I am biased.
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Great candids Robert. m4/3rd I believe is under rated.

Of course I am biased.

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Very nice!

Surprised it does so well at high ISO. But why does your 12,800 look better than your 8000??

My older gear poops out at 3200 with noise.

Used M43 for a year. Just great little street cam. But I gave it up . Too hard to adjust manually on the fly.
Thanks. The 8,000 ISO shots are processed in camer to look like a grainy film. So a different look.
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Looks like the woman in the foreground of Post #3, Image #4, accidentally photobombed you!


Reminds me of my own attempts at low-light shots, but not usually street shots with people. I was limited to ISO 320 and an exposure time limited to 8 seconds or 1 second if I wanted a faster exposure, and I usually shot in color. Nevertheless, I got some interesting shots despite the limitations, including a shot of the constellation Orion in which 6th and 7th magnitude stars were visible. I used a tripod for that one, but most of the time the camera was braced against a pole or wall or something like that to hold the camera steady during exposure. The articulated body helped a lot for shooting like that.


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