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    Fire Fans

    I spent a few hours with the Detroit Fire Collective on Monday. Definitely provided an interesting photographic environment. Long-exposure work with fire dancers is nothing new, but I spent a lot of time trying to properly expose the fire and the dancer in the same shot.

    With a 20mm prime lens, my 60D at ISO100 and f/9.0 for 0.6sec, and a 580EX II set to 2nd-curtain firing, E-TTL at +4/3 stops exposure compensation with a full-cut CTO gel, and manual white balance, it was just a matter of waiting for the right moment. The fun part was predicting what pose an improvising dancer would be in 0.6sec from the moment I hit the shutter. So there was definitely luck involved.

    Post-processing consisted of increasing saturation and contrast, increasing exposure 0.3 stops, raising the black clipping point, and cloning out a small hole in Jenna's shirt.

    Keen to hear what everyone thinks of the results, including suggestions for improvements.

    Fire Fans

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    Re: Fire Fans

    Lucky you, getting to use flash.

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    Re: Fire Fans

    Nice shot! If anyone wonders why cameras have rear curtain (Nikon) / second curtain (Canon) settings, this shot is a provides a great lesson in why to use that feature.

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    Re: Fire Fans

    As far as I'm concerned, second-curtain flash is essentially mandatory when using on-camera flash. What drives me nuts is that remotes can't be set to second-curtain triggering with Canon's IR system.

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