As I was editing and uploading the pictures of Em and Little Lion the other night, the thought that the photos looked a bit grainy crossed my mind. It was late and I was tired so I did not investigate. I actually forgot about it until last night when I uploaded the Halloween day photos for my blog post. Hmmm. These look grainy to me, I thought.
It was late again and I did not investigate but as I was quickly getting ready for bed, I thought, I hope I didn't leave the ISO set at 400. No. I remember changing it back. You see, I had attempted to take some pictures without my Speedlight on Saturday morning. There wasn't enough natural light so I had bumped the ISO up to 400. My camera only has four ISO settings: 200, 400, 800 and 1600. I can see noise at 400. Forget about 1600.
So on Saturday morning, after bumping up my ISO and still not having enough light for a decent shutter speed, I thought I had set the ISO back to 200. I remember making a big deal about it in my mind because I knew that my pictures would be grainy with that 400 setting. This morning, I grabbed my camera to take pictures of the girls snuggling together in my bed. Even though the LCD screen on my camera is terrifically small and doesn't allow you to see much, the pictures looked grainy. I checked the ISO.
Which means that all of the pictures I took last weekend are going to be a bit grainy. I don't know which frustrates me more. The fact that the pictures will be more imperfect or that I thought I had done something but apparently hadn't.
So here is my rant. I have been frustrated with so many aspects of my photography lately. And call me a sore loser if you want to but I am done with these online photography challenges as well. Thanks to Sitemeter I can see how many readers clicked over to view my picture and based upon the number of comments that I didn't receive, I assume that everyone thinks my picture sucks. So I'm done.
Time is not my friend these days. Getting three three year olds to cooperate can be near impossible at times. I am somewhat disappointed in the autumn pictures I took of the girls. (I'll post those soon.) I wanted to go to the same park where I held a mini photo shoot with them last year but we didn't make it.
Alright, enough venting. I'll end with some pictures that should have gone with last night's post but hadn't been transferred from my camera to the computer. I actually had forgotten about them.
Thanks for the whistles!