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...A couple from Saturday's dinner with the Biogon 35 wide open at iso 2500. I barely got shutter speeds around 1/15s...
Edward, first, glad to see that you used a 35 mm and got closer to the subject — I think that works well, particularly when the subjects are moving by in a pickup truck. Also glad to see the red-shirt demonstration in addition to the yellow-shirt one. There's a good article in this week's Economist on the demonstrations.
Second, on your Saturday dinner shots the light on the subject works well, and this is a challenge at ISO2500. However, I'm sure you'll be happy if you try the "Shoot at ISO640 and Push in LR5" technique. You could expose at ISO640 and f/2.0 or f/2.8 at, say, 1/60 or 1/125 (without being concerned that there is nothing to see on the LCD — and them push in LR5. The advantage will be less noise, more dynamic range and no blowout of highlights. I don't know whether you read the post on LUF on this technique. I don't recall whether I posted the picture below here, but it's in very dark light with the area on them main subject having been pushed 3.5 stops for an effective ISO of about 8,000. There were all sorts of lights, including LEDs, and I desaturated some "electric purples."
M9-P | Summicron-28 | ISO 640 pushed 3.5 stops on main subject | f/2.8 | 1/60
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