Thursday, November 15, 2007
Last thoughts on the D3
Gazette photographer Carol Lawrence used the Nikon D3 on one of the worst conditions to shoot with available light. She shot the Air Force Academy water polo team in the dungeons of the academy. Normally it would be an assignment that required portable lights. She shot this picture at ISO 6400 with an 80-200mm lens at 1/500th and f2.8. The color quality of the sodium vapor lights couldn't be fixed totally with the camera, but the noise and detail was pretty good. Earlier in the month Gazette photographer Kevin Kreck discovered that shooting fast (like 1/2000th) under some stadium light would create images where the color temperature wasn't consistent across the picture. The shutter speed catch the lights mid-cycle like shooting a TV screen at a shutter speed faster than 1/30th. Something a shooter would have never encounter with the slower ISOs cameras.