Beautiful Noise

Warning!  Warning! Warning!  I love all kinds of music, from ABBA to ZZ Top and almost everything in between.  Ok, you’ve been warned, so let’s move on!  Today’s shot comes courtesy of… wait for it…  Neil Diamond’s Beautiful Noise!  I warned you!  Anyway, I love that song, and admit it, you do too.  And, it it fits nicely with what I want to tell ya’ll today.  NOISE (whether in some new music you may never have heard, or thought you’d care to hear, or in a digital photograph) can actually be good. I should note that I am basing this on my own observations when shooting with my Nikon D700, which renders, to my eyes at least, a wonderful, almost organic noise in high ISO images.  Take today’s image as an example (only ISO 1100, by the way).  I almost feel like I shot this with film, natural, tactile, textured, organic grain!  I love it!  To help you better see the quality of the noise the D700 produces, I’ve included some tight crops of the photograph below the main picture (don’t ask me if they are 100 % crops, ’cause I still don’t know what that means, though I suppose I should figure that out if I’m post crops on the ‘net.  I just cropped it in tight enough to show you the noise.  By the way, I shot this on my cluttered study desk, in very low light, using the Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G.  Love that lens!

Nikon D700 with Nikkor 50mm f 1.4G, shot at f/1.4, ISO 1100, 1/60 sec.

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Nice post, I like the effect you can get when shooting at a higher ISO. Sometimes I go out purposely cranking it up to 800 with the idea of converting to mono. I love old B&W pics with tons of grain.
Cool desk toys! 😉

You know, when I first looked at the large image, I did not notice the noise, but I’m guessing the whole feel incorporates it and you have to look close to see it (as you’ve shown). I’ve heard Rick Sammon say, if you see the noise, the picture isn’t very good, and I think he’s right. The noise should be part of the frame and in this case it is. Great post Jacques!

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