Prodded by a challenge on the Clickin Moms forum, I grabbed my camera late last night while the kiddos were in bed, and decided to push the limits of the ISO capabilities. This was shot on HI 1.0 (ISO 6400) on my D300s. It was very, very dark in my son’s room, so I was pleasantly surprised to be able to capture something usable at all. Camera was handheld, though a tripod would have been nice- I just wasn’t dragging it out that time of night! The only processing done to the original file was a white balance adjustment and noise correction, both using ACR.
Noise comparison before and after ACR adjustments:
Color image after adjustments:
Another edit on the color image (using My Four Hen’s ‘Hot Java’ action, then tweaked):
And just a shot to show the ambient light that was used: