Not Perfectly Normal

Here we have a perfectly normal scene of four people having a coffee in a cafe at a National Trust property in Cambridgeshire. Their conversation has died down and soon they will stand up and leave.

And when they do they will know that they must not cross the rope barrier. It is there to separate those coming from those leaving. It is a Coronavirus barrier.

They will have to exit to the right of this scene, make a right turn again and then walk along the corridor of ropes. That is the way they will exit the cafe to reduce their chances of being close to anyone else.

The rules in England are that you have to wear a mask in a shop or anywhere in a public space indoors, except when you are eating or drinking.


Here are trees at the National Trust property. I had previously set my camera ISO set at 3200, and forgot for a while when taking shots outdoors. I have taken enough photographs that it should have occurred to me to wonder why I was able to use such a high shutter speed, but it didn’t occur to me.

I found out something in the process, which is that the camera holds up very well to high ISO. So something good came of it.

Click the photo of the trees to see the bigger version.

 photograph of trees at Wimpole Hal

And here is a crop from near the centre of the frame. The area shown represents less than one sixtieth of the area of the whole photograph, and shows how good the camera and lens combination (Fuji X-T2 and 18-55mm lens) is. And that combination is not the pinnacle of capability in today’s cameras.

crop from centre of photograph of trees at Wimpole Hal


  1. eduardolibby says:

    Hello David,
    What a protocol for coffee drinkers!
    Our new hopefully temporary reality.
    In the last two years I’ve lost my fear of high ISOs not only because sensors are so much better but AI software too… anyway, I did enough slide film photos that I know it doesn’t matter as much once you make prints… or screenshots!


    1. Yes, hopefully it will be temporary.

      I thought that the colours might drain and that the noise would become obvious at high ISO. But you are right that with Photoshop etc., we have lots of leeway. On the subject of film versus digital, you may find this article interesting: When Will Micro 4/3 Equal Medium-Format Film? We Have the Definitive Answer

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      1. eduardolibby says:

        Good one! Pixel peepers should be forced to shoot Ektachrome for one year before letting them speak again.

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  2. The layering of light is amazing here David! (It would make a wonderful puzzle: )


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