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Firefighter | by Oberazzi
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Read more on my blog, Fighting Fire with Photos.


Saturday, I spent the morning shooting firefighter training for the Chapel Hill News. The local volunteer fire department in Hillsborough, together with some other local departments, teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to practice with live fire exercises. I was assigned to shoot a Hillsborough town official who is doing a guest column in the paper. My wife brought the puppies and we made a morning of it.


I did not go in the house while it was on fire. I had permission to do it, but the room was crowded and I had a decent vantage from a front window. It was quite hot and smoky, though, and that was enough for me. As is normal for these thing, it was hurry up and wait, with action coming in short bursts over the four hours I stayed.


I shot with a diffused sb-400 for the indoor shots and to fill the harsh shadows of the strong late morning sun. I had an ISO of 200 for the day, just to make sure I could catch the indoor shots. I left the camera in shutter spped priority, but changed the speed for the circumstances. I had trouble with the autofocus, as is usual for me. It often focuses on the wrong object and I can't tell through the viewfinder. This makes for some frustrating losses!


I have learned a bit though and I think it shows. It helps that I am better at Lightroom now, but the RAW files had some quality this time around. Good lighting helped too on the bright day.


Links to the article coming soon!


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Taken on March 7, 2009