In a few days I will be heading to Salt Lake City to attend the Outdoor Photo Expo. In anticipation, I started looking through some of my old photos from when I lived in the area. This image of a bull moose was taken almost exactly 7 years ago (August 9th, 2004) and is historically important because it is the image that convinced me that my switch to digital was a good move.
The image was captured about 20 minutes after sunset with the light levels were falling fast. I was shooting with another photographer who was using film. Film locked her into a single ISO setting while my digital setup provided much needed flexibility as the light left the sky. By the time we packed up, my ISO cranked up to 1000. The end result was I went home with several pleasing images (it was the first time I had ever photographed a moose) while every one of my friend’s images were blurred. It was a great way to drive home the digital advantage of adjustable ISO.
Ironically, at the time I was didn’t like the noise in the image, but I was willing to accept it. Today, with the advances in image processing, I can remove almost all of the noise. This is one case where the image has actually gotten better with time. Who knows, maybe this next week I will have a chance to see this moose again. I wonder how 12500 ISo will look.
The image was captured using a Canon 1Ds, 70-200mm lens with a 1.4 teleconverter, at 1000 ISO.