Nikon D5000, Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8, 17mm, f/2.8, ISO 6400, 1/60th
Something about this image resonates well with me. Maybe it’s the high contrast look I was able to achieve without much post production. While shooting handheld in very low light conditions and a shutter speed of 1/60th to maintain image sharpness, you can take advantage of your camera underexposing the scene! Shooting with a wide open aperture of f/2.8 and my ISO sensitivity maxed out at 6400, I was able to capture a well exposed highlight with contrast and a dark mystery to the overall feeling of this image! You don’t always need a tripod and/or full frame sensor to shoot in low light, just the ability to utilize the limitations of ones equipment given the right situation. The ISO noise in this image was high, but a quick run through Nik’s Dfine 2.0 noise reduction software took the edge off those pixels!