From a distance

Two elderly ladies talking through a window
1/30 sec | f/5.6 | ISO 125 | 85mm

With the third Covid wave rolling with full force through Germany, we are now facing a socially distanced Easter holiday. It’s been more than a year since the pandemic started. A year of failed promises from the countries leadership. People are worn out, it is visible everywhere. We are all in need of closeness, being able to able to physically embrace our friends when we see them. You remember the times when complete strangers stood in our pedestrian zones holding up signs offering free hugs? Instead we now only talk from a distance. But what is the photographic lessons learnt?

If you look at the image specs (1/30 sec @ f/5.6 and ISO 125), you probably notice why I snapped the photograph at a shutter speed of only 1/30 sec while having dialed in a rather low ISO of 125. The light wasn’t all that great anymore during this late afternoon. But with the low ISO still set from an earlier shot, I simply wasted the opportunity to trade some higher ISO against a faster shutter speed. No problem in this image, as it still came out sharp. But if this would have been an more dynamic scene, the 1/30 sec would surely have resulted in unwanted motion blur.

The lesson learnt? There is nothing wrong in shooting with Auto-ISO set to the maximum ISO your camera can shoot in low light without generating too much noise. Which very well can be ISO 1600 or even ISO 3200. Then you can be sure to still get the fastest possible shutter speed, especially when shooting in P-Mode. This can be helpful when shooting street scenes in low light and longer focal lengths from a distance.

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Have a great Wednesday and stay safe!


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  1. Inwonder what a wave would like here in the us. It has been all a one tsunami. Half a million dead already. We never had a serious lockdown here in California. I wish you all well in Europe and that this can be controlled fast.

    1. Thanks, Alessandra, appreciate your kind words so much! We will all live through this eventually, but at what cost….All the best for you as well. Oh… and I miss California! Marcus

  2. Tired or not, we’ve come too far to give up now! It always seems to be the partiers that have to make a splash, not the people in economic difficulties. Be safe.

  3. Stay safe Marcus. I think Europe has been badly let down in this recent stage. I just hope you can all get this vaccine rolled out quickly. And despite what the politicians say the Oxford vaccine is safe and effective. Ive had it.

    1. Thanks, Ian, appreciate your visit and kind comment. We’ll get through this, no doubt. I got my first shot today, blessed me. I would have taken any vaccine, they all help. Marcus

  4. Always good information in your posts as Kelly says. Everyone is so tired of this pandemic but what can any of us do except be safe as possible and wait. I have my first dose of vaccine done..

    1. Thanks, John, so much appreciated! I got my first dose today as well, and I’m a happy camper. There is light at the end of the tunnel. I just hope it is not the headlamp of an oncoming train…lol….

      1. You may feel a bit off, I had a headache and fatigue for a couple of days, then felt better.

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