Please. Light. I dream that one day the newspaper will send me to shoot something where there is actual light.
Tonight, two shoots where no flash was allowed (or possible). I started with a recital. Church. Not possible to move – I had to stay where I was and not in the best place. And no flash.
So that meant that to get acceptable shutter speeds (1/125th sec on a 200mm IS lens, which ias as low as you can go, really) I had to use 1600 ISO at f/2.8, which is just OK on the 1D MkIII:
Not too bad. Thank God for f/2.8 lenses. Why do I pay $2,000 for my lenses? This is why.
Then it got worse. Rush to get to the next appointment: Tennis. And indoors. And in very low light. To see the ball and to freeze action I needed 3200 ISO – and even then at f/2.8 I was only able to get to 1/320-1/400th second, never faster.
Big time noise. But… I (and hence the newspaper) got what I went in for.
And tonight I will dream of venues with light.