Night Street Scene: Canon 40D ISO 3200 Sample

First published on: Thursday, 15 October 2009

After finishing dinner with a friend, I stepped outside the cafeteria and shot this scene:

Night Street Scene -- Canon 40D ISO 3200 Sample

Processing for the above JPEG was as follows:


  1. Opened the JPG in Adobe Photoshop CS3

  2. Resized to 580 x 387 pixels using Bicubic (best for smooth gradients) resampling

  3. Saved as a JPEG at quality 12

The following equipment and settings were used (in-camera High ISO NR was turned on):


  • Camera Model: Canon EOS 40D

  • Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM

  • Shooting Date/Time: 10/18/2007 9:53:46 PM

  • Shooting Mode: Aperture-Priority AE

  • Tv (Shutter Speed): 1/20

  • Av (Aperture Value): 4.0

  • Metering Mode: Evaluative Metering

  • Exposure Compensation: 0

  • ISO Speed: 3200

  • Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM

  • Focal Length: 70.0 mm

  • Image Quality: Fine

  • Flash: Off

  • White Balance Mode: Auto

  • AF Mode: One-Shot AF

  • Picture Style: Standard

  • Sharpness: 3

  • Contrast: 0

  • Saturation: 0

  • Color tone: 0

  • Color Space: sRGB

  • Drive Mode: Single-frame shooting

The shot looks reasonably sharp even at 1/20 sec, if I do say so myself — Image Stabilization on the 70-200 did great here.

The 40D was actually put into RAW plus Large / Fine JPEG mode, so I have some full-sized files to share with you (note: the RAW files were processed in Digital Photo Professional 3.1.0.0 — this is the version of the DPP that comes bundled with the 40D).

  1. Out of the camera JPEG — 5.2 MB
  2. RAW / CR2 file — 14.0 MB
  3. For those who haven’t installed DPP, here are the JPEGs processed from the RAW file with 9 different combinations of Luminance and Chrominance Noise Reduction slider settings and saved at the highest quality. It’s interesting to note that processed RAW files have a much more crisp appearance than the out-of-camera JPG:
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