01/31/08 125 W, 1 I - + 22 - 11 Making a Picture

For fires at night in very low light, you just point the camera and shoot. Highest possible ISO. Steady as you can with the camera. Meter toward a light source. Looks good on the LCD panel, but not as good on the computer. Crop unwanted elements and find the "core picture." Then do some more work. For last night's outbuilding that burned on Stanhope Avenue, this picture was finished with the following steps. After cropping closer, rotate right 1 degree. Crop again, even closer. Adjust brightness and contrast, to conceal the graininess. Presto! That last step isn't something that I usually perform. Takes too long in the work flow. For a short series, though, extra tweaks can be worth it. Click to enlarge:

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