Black and White Canon 20D Cork Ireland People Photos Sigma 18-200 St Patrick's Street Street Urban

Smiling pretty girls

On the night when firemen closed off Dorothy Perkins in Cork, a few people saw my camera and presumed I was a photojournalist. Some even asked what was happening but I didn’t know!

Anyway, these two girls wanted their photo taken. They presumed I was with the Evening Echo but I told them photography was just my hobby. Still, got a nice photo considering I was shooting by available light.

I don’t want to be reminded how high I had to shove the ISO to get a decent shutter speed. Thankfully resizing loses some of the noise!

PS. we passed by the shop a few days ago. A sign on the door says, “Closed until further notice”. Does anyone know what happened there?

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 24mm
ISO 1600
Shutter speed 1/25s

By Donncha

Donncha Ó Caoimh is a software developer at Automattic and WordPress plugin developer. He posts photos at In Photos and can also be found on Twitter.

6 replies on “Smiling pretty girls”

For Windows there’s a great app called Noise Ninja. Works a treat on digital noise on high ISO images. I don’t know if there’s a Linux/Mac version though.

Great image anyway!

I used something similar to Gamma story not so long ago. Photographing a petrol station (at night, available light) someone came up and asked what the **** I thought I was doing.

Told them there had been a massive petrol leak and I was there to “photograph the petrol fumes diffusing the light” for the next day’s paper…

Yes, I need to come up with an inventive reason for photographing people. “It’s my hobby” sounds so lame. Maybe if I said I was shooting for Hello! magazine?

I tried Noise Ninja on an image but I can’t remember how well it worked tbh. Bibblelabs has “basic noise reduction” but doesn’t work too well. There is a Linux version of NN too, but cubic interpolation while resizing really does work wonder for removing noise!

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