07/18/11 292 W, 1 I - + 4 - 4 Night Photography on Churchill Drive

Lee Wilson took this photo Sunday morning on Churchill Road, scene of a vehicle fire under a carport. Flames extended into the house. Engine 6 was first on scene. Dispatched about 3:43 a.m. and controlled in about 30 minutes. See all the photos, which includes a full description of the incident. Read below for an amusing and incorrect supposition about the use of flash in this picture...


Lee Wilson photo

This continued the original post, which we learned was incorrect! No flash was used, but it's a nice explanation nonetheless. See what happens when you work without all the facts!

As for the photo below, it's a nice example of the challenges of night photography. He's using his flash, which is why the guys on the roof are glowing. That's their reflective striping. The striping on the firefighters in the foreground is also glowing, but not as strong. The scene and the shot is also being lit from the portable light, before the car port. Without that light, the shot would likely be darker except for bright bands of reflective striping.

Also on the far right side of the frame, there's a blurred portion of a firefighter. He's in motion and there wasn't enough light from the flash (or other sources) to "freeze" him in action. Notice the firefighter under the carport, also. His reflective striping isn't glowing nearly as much, which is due to the floodlight already saturating him with light.

Mind you, Yours Truly wasn't on scene, so this is all photographer quarterbacking, in a manner of speaking. (Feel free to rake me over the coals for such speculative explanations...) Night shots are tough. Scene lighting helps, and more than you might think!

D’oh! Original posting updated accordingly. Should’ve looked at the EXIF data on the pic, which would’ve indicated flash or no flash.
Legeros - 07/19/11 - 07:53

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