I was driving home yesterday and on a back country road I came upon an old wrecked out Hearse. It was in bad shape, with rust and a load of internal panels missing. It looked really interesting with lots of contrasting textures and color against the green of the grass it was sitting on and the trees in the background. Worthy of a shot for one of my 'personal projects'.
Out comes my backup SLR as I only had it with me at the time and I set up the shot. Wait for the cars on the road off to one side that would mess up the composition to get into the right position (out of shot), breath half out and hold everything still - get the shot.
At home, I get the picture into Photoshop and ... It looks kind of rough! Noisy is certainly the word, but it's not tooooooo bad.
I used my Topaz de-noise filter and its kind of rescued but for sure, it won't enlarge bigger than about 10x12 (maybe 12x15 if I am lucky) without what noise is left becoming visible. There is a patch on the car body where about 20 years ago, someone used filler to repair it that is showing through the rust now and the Topaz filter has made it look like I used HDR on just that part of the shot!
So I look at the EXIF data. I haden't paid too much mind to it when taking the shot, as it was a bright "sunny 16" kind of day.
It was taken at apeture priority, 1/2000 at f7.1 which happens to be tack sharp on my lens and good DOF at that combo, but it was at ISO 3200 .... WHAT? Should have been at ISO 100 or maybe 200 but 3200? That explains the noise.
Then it hits me... DOH!!!!!!!
Last time had used this body was inside and had set it that high to get the shot and I simply forgot to reset it.
So.... back to the title of this post... "Have YOU ever done this?"