Last night I shot Steel Pulse in concert at the Belly Up Tavern. The Belly Up is not really a great place for photographers since it has no photo pit and the lights are usually quite low. I figured I would be shooting at ISO 6400 or higher and was looking forward to the challenge. What I did not take into account was that the band really likes to light up the stage and I could have easily shot at ISO 1600 last night. But I wanted to use higher shutter speeds to freeze the action and ISO 3200 for the Nikon D4 shouldn’t be a problem at all.

It wasn’t.

The images look really great and noise just isn’t a factor.

This shot of David was taken at 1/250 second, f/2.8 and ISO 3200. I did process it in lightroom 4 where I upped the Sharpening amount to 50 and the Luminance noise reduction to 20.

here is a 100% crop from the same image

The D4 performed exactly how I had hoped.