Well last night was a good chance for me to give my camera a good ole test. The scenario, the CSC Pirates first intramural football game at 9:00. For those of you who are not aware of the CSC Pirates, they are the girls intramural flag football team at the CSC, this is their third year. Also for those of you that are not aware, the photographic conditions at the IM fields are less than ideal. So here’s the gear I brought: Canon 20D, Canon 70-200mm 2.8L IS, and a monopod. The monopod is key, because the lens is a little bit on the heavy side. The Camera was set on Shutter priority with a shutter speed of 1/400 or 1/500 (so as to stop the motion). This usually led to the lens always being at f/2.8. Most of the game was shot at ISO 1600, but I decided to try a few shots at ISO 3200.
I should have shot them all at ISO 3200… So last night and this morning, I was doing the post processing that is normal for DSLR. After adusting the Dynamic Range curve in Canon’s Digital Photo Professional, I ran some noise reduction programs on the images. Overall, I was more satisified with the ISO 3200 images than the ISO 1600. They both cleaned up nicely, but the effect given from the ISO 3200 images was greater, I think. Check it out for yourself in the gallery.
P.S. In case your wondering, the game was tied 6-6 for a while, but towards the end our girls lost it and got beat.