I had a chance to speak to Peter about his technique. Like many photographers he prefers not to talk about technique, because he doesn't consider it the point of photographs. However, he mentioned that as a point of preference and principle, he never uses flash—as a reporter he feels it's important to record the light that is there in the scene, not bring or create his own light. He did say that the night photographs in Tahrir Square were made possible by the Nikon D3 and that many were shot at ISO 6400, which ended up giving him shutter speeds between 1/30th and 1/60th, and that he shot mainly with the AF-Nikkor 24–70mm in the 24–28mm range. He told me he much prefers fast lenses and would have liked to have his favorite AF-Nikkor 28mm ƒ/1.4 along, but his lens currently has a balky focus ring that might possibly have cost him some shots, so he left it at home. (I believe that lens has been discontinued and is no longer available new; perhaps some kindly Nikonian can fill us in on chapter and verse.)
He said several times that he was impressed and amazed by the "tremendous" performance of the Nikon D3 in low light.
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