Steven Jungerwirth  

Peaceful by Steven Jungerwirth

May 2022 - Peaceful

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During a recent visit to the Brookfield Zoo, one gorilla was off alone in a dark corner - not engaging with the other animals. He appeared pensive/peaceful/happy; just taking in the activity around him. I wonder what he was thinking about. Such incredibly human creatures.

Technical: Canon R5, EF100-400mm @ 400mm on an RF adapter, ISO 10,000, 1/100 second, f5.6. The low light/high ISO performance is amazing; I no longer hesitate to push to 10,000. And today there are newer/better sensors...where will we be in five years?

7 comments posted

Cindy Smith   Cindy Smith
WOW!! All the wrinkles and the individual hairs/whiskers show up amazingly well. The catch light in his eyes and his captured the essence of this beautiful creature.   Posted: 05/03/2022 15:40:58

Jennifer Marano   Jennifer Marano
The gorilla looks so introspective and expressive, like he has just remembered something that made him smile. You did an excellent job of capturing the moment and really convey his human-like essence. And the light is beautiful.   Posted: 05/03/2022 18:06:55

Dale Yates   Dale Yates
Great photo! You were able to capture the emotion of the gorilla very well. The slight smile on his face tells all. Excellent detail and sharpness. I also very much like the vertical layout of the photo!   Posted: 05/10/2022 08:09:54

Will Korn   Will Korn
the lighting is what makes this image stunning. As for the detail and sharpness at ISO 10,000, don't make me buy a new camera, it's not fair.   Posted: 05/11/2022 20:38:13

Chan Garrett   Chan Garrett
I really like this image. Good job. Great pose and expression. B&W was a good choice.   Posted: 05/13/2022 11:02:19

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Gee!!! First, it is a wonderful image of this most amazing pieces closest to our own! As Will stated, the lighting is marvelous! Now wait!! This was accomplished with ISO10,000 !!!! OMG! The Humanity!

In 2011 was the first time mentioned to a class I was teaching...' in the near future camera companies will be marketing how amazing their onboard CPU's are, and less about how many Megapixels...' seems we are here. Great shot, Steve!   Posted: 05/15/2022 10:41:11
Steven Jungerwirth   Steven Jungerwirth
Tx Lance . . . lucky to catch this mottled lighting! Regarding the high ISO - I went back to the original raw file to double check - it was shot at 10,000 - and there is significant noise visible (image attached). Somehow the right mix of noise reduction and sharpening worked. Perhaps it's the post-processing software that has improved more than the camera/sensor? And yes - the megapixel battles are largely over. Canon's newest top-of-the-line/pro mirrorless body (R3) has a 24 MP sensor.   Posted: 05/15/2022 11:06:17
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