High ISO wild bird shots on a Canon 650D

ISO-3200-Adjusted-100%

Up until recently I would never normally shoot shots of wildlife above ISO 400.  Preferring that ISO as a maximum that I would get away with.  On my 50D I would occasionally go to 640 at a push, but found them fairly noisy, so kept 400 as my normal max.  However with some recent posts on the forums and especially some on the Pixalo.com, I decided to try out higher ISO’s on some bird shots using my 650D, my latest digital camera.  Having been impressed with some 800 and 1600 ISO shots, today I went and shot even higher at ISO 3200 and the maximum on the camera ISO 12800.

The main advantage being that the shutter speed is raised when comparing with a lower ISO using the same aperture – especially useful on poorer light days – and for shooting smaller birds that are constantly on the move around feeders.

These shots were all taken using the Canon 650D with a Canon 1.4x MKIII Extender and Canon 300mm F4 IS Lens.

Whilst I’ve not tried printing them out, I have found them more than usable for my viewing and posting on web forums.  So I will more than likely use higher ISO in the future when needing to get a higher shutter speed, than a lower ISO will give you on a dull day.

The following shots show the image from the RAW file (just a minor levels & vibrance adjustment on the Nuthatch shots, and nothing on the chaffinch, on the before files.). I have followed these with a subsequently adjusted shot, using Topaz Denoise 5 (just picked the moderate.jpeg preset) and then an Photoshop CS6 unsharp mask.   I hope you agree even those these images have been uploaded after a save for web, that the ISO 3200 are more than useable for web purposes.  The 12800 being a slight step too noisy for my personal tastes.

First the ISO 3200 Shots

Chaffinch ISO3200 Original
Chaffinch ISO3200 Original

Chaffinch ISO3200 Original

Chaffinch with Adjustments to Noise and Sharpness
Chaffinch with Adjustments to Noise and Sharpness

Chaffinch ISO3200 Adjusted

ISO 3200 No Adjustment 100%
ISO 3200 No Adjustment 100%

ISO 3200 No Adjustment 100%

ISO-3200-Adjusted-100%
ISO-3200-Adjusted-100%

ISO-3200-Adjusted-100%

Nuthatch ISO3200
Nuthatch ISO3200

Nuthatch ISO3200

Nuthatch-adjusted3200
Nuthatch-adjusted3200

Nuthatch-adjusted3200

ISO 3200 No Adjustment 100%
ISO 3200 No Adjustment 100%

ISO 3200 No Adjustment 100%

ISO-3200-Adjusted-100%
ISO-3200-Adjusted-100%

ISO-3200-Adjusted-100%

And finally the ISO 12800 images.

Nuthatch ISO12800
Nuthatch ISO12800

Nuthatch ISO12800

Nuthatch-12800-Adjusted
Nuthatch-12800-Adjusted

Nuthatch-12800-Adjusted

ISO-12800-Unadjusted-100%
ISO-12800-Unadjusted-100%

ISO-12800-Unadjusted-100%

ISO-12800-Adjusted-100%
ISO-12800-Adjusted-100%

ISO-12800-Adjusted-100%

About ChrisA

I have been taking photography seriously since 2004. I have a website dedicated to my favourite type of photography - macro @ www.macro-photo.co.uk I also enjoy taking landscape and wildlife shots, which I show on akeyphoto.co.uk I hope you enjoy both websites.

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ChrisA

I have been taking photography seriously since 2004. I have a website dedicated to my favourite type of photography - macro @ www.macro-photo.co.uk I also enjoy taking landscape and wildlife shots, which I show on akeyphoto.co.uk I hope you enjoy both websites.

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