The season of shorter days are here. Sunset is at 6:25pm tonight and in a month, daylight savings time will be over and the sun will be setting before 5pm! Grrr. My day job keeps me in the Bartram Gallery and I don’t get outside much before 6 or 7, so I miss the light this time of year. Generally, I might be a bit more bummed about the months of darkness ahead, but soon I’ll have a new friend coming in the mail that shoots at crazy high ISO’s like 1600 and 3200 and beyond! If you understand these numbers, you know where I’m going here, and if you don’t…let’s just say that I’ll soon be able to shoot, not in available light, but in available darkness!
One of the new and exciting technological advances that they have made in the world of cameras is this ability to record images with super-high ISO’s. In the past, 3200 speed film was about as fast as you’d find, but unless you were looking for an extremely grainy look, you wouldn’t be too thrilled with the results. The new ’08 digital SLR’s are able to capture a clean and sharp image at 3200 and you don’t seem crazy to contemplate shooting at 6400. Wow! This is allowing for a whole new way of viewing the world photographically and capturing images. So, although shorter days are just around the corner, I’ll still be out shooting, training my eye to see light a bit differently in the longer nights of winter.