14 Mil + XE-1 | Sample High ISO @ Stanford Church

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by hcreatives, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. hcreatives

    hcreatives FujiXspot Regular

    I had the privilege of joining mass last Sunday at the iconic Stanford Memorial Church at the Stanford University here in Northern California. The Church was built during the American Renaissance by Jane Stanford as a memorial to her husband Leland, and opened in 1903. The church decor is nothing but spectacular. I happened to have my 14 mil and my XE-1 handy and decided to see what this combo can do in low light after the service. Here are a few images of the church and their respective 100% image crops - all shot handheld and are JPEG SOOC.

    First the outside of the church (shot @ 250 ISO):


    Outside @ 100% crop:


    Then some low light shot of the dimly lit inside:

    Altar (shot @ 1600 ISO):


    Altar @ 100% crop:


    Ceiling (shot @ 1600 ISO):


    Ceiling @ 100% crop:


    Stained-Glass (shot @ 3200 ISO):


    Stained-Glass @ 100% crop:


    I'm not a pro at evaluating IQ - nor a pro at anything at all for that matter :) - and I'm new to joining photography forums in general...so I would like to solicit your thoughts. What do you guys think?

    For all my Fuji-X-shooter friends who are celebrating lent...wishing you the very best this season. :)

    Cheers'nBlessings from the Bay,
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  2. ean10775

    ean10775 FujiXspot Top Veteran

    Feb 13, 2013
    Cleveland, OH
    Beautiful shots! Very clean at high ISO as well.
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  3. photogfollett

    photogfollett FujiXspot Regular

    Feb 2, 2013
    San Carlos, California
    Very nice Henry! The quality of those interior handheld shots is quite impressive.
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  4. hcreatives

    hcreatives FujiXspot Regular

    Thank you so much. Just curious, "ean", it says "Perhaps a future Fujifilm X-Series user"....what do you shoot now? Do you shoot Micro 4/3?
  5. hcreatives

    hcreatives FujiXspot Regular

    Thanks, John! I would have called you to connect up...but I was doing a family shoot there in the afternoon (of someone who actually works at Stanford University), and just did a last minute, impromptu, hop over to attend the mass. I was quite impressed with the handheld results, but I'm not a pixel-peeper either. The results seems good enough for me for JPEG SOOC. Let's try to connect soon!
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  6. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 8, 2013
    NW corner of CT
    Such a beautiful and very special church - those interior images are lovely. You were indeed fortunate to be there with your camera and that lens.
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  7. petach

    petach FujiXspot Top Veteran

    Feb 16, 2013
    is it possible to make a camera sing? I think you have proved such a thing. Rich, lush, deep basso profundo! Encore!
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  8. Nic

    Nic FujiXspot Regular

    Feb 5, 2013
    Brisbane, Australia
    What a lovely church, and very well captured. The crops look very clean if not razor sharp, but when we're talking ISO1600-3200 in a dark interior, presumably hand-held, and with unknown levels of noise reduction and sharpening applied I'd be pretty damn happy with them if they came straight out of the camera like that! Impressive.
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  9. hcreatives

    hcreatives FujiXspot Regular

    Thank you, BB. It's wonderful church, indeed. :) Have you been there?
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  10. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 8, 2013
    NW corner of CT
    No, I haven't but perhaps one day! I've always enjoyed church interiors...must be a combination of all the art history classes I took and the mystery of it all.
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  11. Gary

    Gary FujiXspot Top Veteran

    Feb 15, 2013
    Morning Henry. What a special place to celebrate Mass. Why are these SOOC? Why are your ISO so high and fluctuating?

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  12. hcreatives

    hcreatives FujiXspot Regular

    Thank you for your kind comments. I appreciate you stopping by. :)
  13. hcreatives

    hcreatives FujiXspot Regular

    Thank you, Nic. And you were correct in that these were handheld. No NR or sharpening applied at all...simply SOOC. Thanks again for dropping by and leaving a comment, I appreciate it.:)
  14. hcreatives

    hcreatives FujiXspot Regular

    Hello Gary - part of my reason for posting SOOC is primarily laziness. :D

    But the I specifically wanted to test the low light/high ISO capability of the XE-1 (hence the high ISO for the interior shots with the first one being the exception as it was outdoor). Fuji seemed to have been able to get it right with their X-Trans sensor and their JPEG SOOC is so far good enough for me. Although I normally shoot RAW+JPEG, I generally ended up and am pretty happy with the JPEG images (especially because I don't want to shell out more for C1 software). :p

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!