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Magazine Cover Features Photo Shot at ISO 3200

Outdoor Photography Canada magazine’s latest cover features a photograph that’s pretty unique. It’s not the subject matter, but rather how the image was captured: photographer Paul Burwell captured the photo on his Canon 5D Mark II at ISO 3200.

On his blog, Burwell writes,

It’s my shot of a Kermode “Spirit” Bear and there is an accompanying article inside about a trip I lead last fall to photograph these wonderful and uniquely Canadian bears. This isn’t my first cover shot on a magazine, but it is one I’m particularly proud of as I believe it may be one of the first cover shots ever published that was made at ISO 3200.

He was using a 500mm lens wide open at f/4, with a shutter speed of 1/400th of a second. The composition works quite well, but the high ISO is noticeable in the desaturated colors and noisiness of the image.

What do you think of this cover shot? Do you know of any other covers that featured high ISO images?

(via Planet5D)


Update: Cildydd points out that a photo shot at ISO 100,000 was published on a magazine cover in France.


 
  • http://sandy33311.deviantart.com/ Sandy Simpson

    The photo of the magazine cover on this page is relatively small. Nevertheless, it looks pretty amazing for such a high ISO!

  • http://twitter.com/trechodepistas cgliberio

    too small to know for sure… gotta see it printed. but here it looks pretty neat though

  • Eric

    They probably got funky with the new luminance slider in Lightroom 3 :)

  • Jota

    This cover features a collage of photos originally made with a Nokia N95 cellphone and then manipulated with photoshop, http://malalechestudio.wordpress.com/2009/06/16
    the N95 was 5MP of resolution, and the picture can be seen also here, http://malalechestudio.wordpress.com/2009/02/02
    ;)

  • http://twitter.com/jasoncollin Jason Collin

    Agreed, I clicked through and still could not find a higher resolution image to look at. However, 3200 does not seem like that high of an ISO to shoot at these days.

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    Here's the largest image we could find: http://www.paulburwell.com/blog/wp-content/uplo

  • Cildydd

    A photo taken at 100 000 ISO has already been published on a front cover in France. The photo was taken by Vincent Munier, a famous wildlife photographer. It was shot with the new Nikon D3S in mid-2009. At that time, Vincent Munier was testing the D3S for Nikon. From what I can remember the photo hasn't been processed. You can see other photo on his website;

  • Cildydd
  • Tim

    Nothing wrong with a bit of noise!

  • http://www.derekpoore.com Derek Poore

    “Your best pictures aren't always your sharpest pictures.” Bill Stroud

    And your best pictures aren't always your noise-less. I'd rather get the moment than worry about noise. Maybe the new CS5 camera raw noise reduction has spoiled me.

  • guest

    actually 12800 ISO… check here

    http://imaging.nikon.com/products/imaging/lineu

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/M3IQKJFYMTE3HXHUK3APNSD3BI Melysha
  • http://twitter.com/exposedplanet Harry Kikstra

    I shot some leatherback turtles coming to shore to lay eggs in French Guyana, at midnight on a dark beach, with only the moonlight, obscured by full cloud cover.
    I have images @ 6400, 12800 & even 25600ISO, shot with the 5D MarkII. Most of them have a lot of noise, but I think the subject/circumstances wins from technical superiority.

    I always prefer an interesting photo above a clean boring one :)

  • Guest

    ” I believe it may be one of the first cover shots ever published that was made at ISO 3200.”

    Yes. It MAY be one of the first. It probably is NOT *THE* first. Or anything else that is really significant.

    “He was using a 500mm lens wide open at f/4, with a shutter speed of 1/400th of a second. The composition works quite well, but the high ISO is noticeable in the desaturated colors and noisiness of the image.”

    wow…saturation and noise are easy to correct, especially if you’re going to cover 50% of the shot with text LOL

    I can guarantee you that there aren’t too many people out there taking shots of bears in the woods with D700s, D3s and D3S’s that are worried about noise or low saturation at ISO3200. Congratulations Canon for making it to that level.