iso800 Experiment – Rookwood Jetty


Okay so there is lots wrong with this photo I know.  However seeing what Christian was coming up with over the past few nights, inspired me and I wanted to see what my camera could do at night as well.   I took this photo at Rookwood Jetty at 10pm tonight and considering this is straight from the camera, no sharpening, colour adjustments etc…. I’m pretty stoked!!!   Yes the horizon is a little crooked as well, but like I said this is straight out of the camera.   So I see a little more experimentation coming up.   Perhaps I can finally tackle my nemisis the Freshwater Bay Boatsheds with this new knowledge.

Thanks for the inspiration Christian!

Jamie Paterson

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  1. Flemming Bo Jensen December 10, 2008 at 10:36 pm #

    Jamie, basically if you can see it with your eyes – no matter how little light there is – if you can see it you can shoot it. Might need an hours worth of exposure, but you can shoot it! Of course with the new DSLRs having such little noise even at high isos it makes it easier, but you can also shoot at iso100 on bulb setting and come back an hour later 🙂

  2. jamiepatersonphotography December 11, 2008 at 6:23 am #

    Hi Fleming,

    Thanks for that. I guess I was just more impressed with the way people like yourself and Christian continue to push the boundaries and are always coming up with new ideas, which helps me enjoy my photography.

    I understand that high isos are not new but it wasn’t until Christian showed us an example that it inspired me to actually do it. Just like B&W photography is nothing new but your examples have been a real eye opener to many of us here and have provided us with more shooting time.

    I was like a kid in a candy shop last night playing around with the camera. 🙂

    So thanks must go to people like yourself Flemming, and obviously Christian for continuing to give people like myself inspiration. You guys play an extremely important role within our small community whether you guys realise it or not.

    Jamie Paterson

  3. ecomuseimages December 11, 2008 at 6:27 am #

    Im interested in the shot details on this one mate…how long was the exposure and what aperture?

  4. jamiepatersonphotography December 11, 2008 at 7:22 am #

    Hi Graham,

    From memory it was around F14 because the jetty was quite long and exposure was around 20 secs with iso 800.


    Jamie Paterson

  5. jamiepatersonphotography December 11, 2008 at 7:24 am #

    Hi Flemming,

    What would you do with this photo? The horizon is pretty straight in this but the jetty is crooked. If I straighten the jetty then the horizon looks crooked. What to do? 🙂

    Jamie Paterson

  6. Flemming Bo Jensen December 11, 2008 at 3:10 pm #

    Hi Jamie, thanks very much for your compliment, I am very happy if I can inspire anyone just a bit! Makes my day! So thanks mate !

    As for this photo, to my eyes the horizon and the big light pole are the two main things my eyes look at and expect to be straight.

  7. christianfletcher December 11, 2008 at 7:28 pm #

    Thanks for such a great plug Jamie, very kind of you. I’m glad your horizon is crooked!! makes me feel better. I think you could have doubled the exposure on this one to get that little bit more light in. Some of mine I under exposed and paid for it later when trying to lighten them up even more. Look at the clouds, if you think you can get them lighter without blowing them out then do that. I look at each section of an image to see how it could be improved. It is great fun doing all these manipulations and trying not to stuff it up completely. Go for it son your passion is infectious!

  8. ecomuseimages December 11, 2008 at 9:16 pm #

    Cheers for the info mate…I had guessed F12 @ 30 sec so not far off. I am watching where you go from here with keen interest…..

  9. bmphlog December 12, 2008 at 11:54 am #

    Nice, mate. You’ve got quite a lot of visible detail in there for a 20 sec exposure at 10pm… I might have to go out one night and give this a go myself. You guys have been producing some inspiring stuff. Keep it up

  10. jamiepatersonphotography December 12, 2008 at 12:34 pm #

    Hi Beau,

    Thanks for that. Great to see you back.

    Jamie Paterson

  11. chloe August 26, 2009 at 8:13 pm #

    i had a little looksy thru your archieves 🙂
    i don’t see anything wrong with this photograph jamie, i rather like it a lot 🙂

    • jamiepatersonphotography August 26, 2009 at 8:40 pm #

      Hi Chloe thanks for that. It was me just mucking around with high ISOs. I should try some more.


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