Why I shoot RAW
22/11/11 12:02 Filed in: Photography Workflow
Located near the end of my shoot, this Civil War Reenactment image was a pleasant surprise. I didn't know I had captured a double muzzle flash. A second flash is located right behind the first.
Shooting RAW saved this image. If the original had been a jpeg, the blown out sky would have been hopeless. Since it was in RAW, there was detail in the sky to saved. In lightroom I used the graduated filter — similar to gradient tool in photoshop — to darken the shy. Then I worked the rest of the image with several Develop module sliders.
This bottom image is the untouched original.
Civil War 2011 flickr set
Civil War 2011 flickr slideshow
1929 Auto Show Fire
18/11/11 12:10 Filed in: From the Archive
With the opening of the Los Angeles Auto Show this weekend I recently went through old LA Times Auto Show files. Up popped the 1929 show that burned to the ground. Opps.
This made an interesting From the Archive post. No one was killed, but several people, including firemen received burns.
The 1929 show was in four large tents. On a windy day, one caught fire, and the whole complex burned to the ground.
The lead photo was a panorama made from two different photos, as shown in the frame-grab above.
Link to From the Archive Fire destroys 1929 auto show.
Civil War 2011
Sunday was my annual visit to The Blue & The Gray Civil War reenactment in Moorpark. This was my fourth year enjoying the large reenactment sponsored by the Rotary Club of Moorpark.
This year had one bummer. Rains friday night forced a cutback in the reenactment battles. The large field used to stage the five engagements was way too muddy - not safe for the men and horses. Smaller 'skirmishes' were held in the Union encampment area.
For a photographer, the bad news was the large battles were off. The good news, when held on a smaller field, the action was very closed to the spectators.
About half of my images from Sunday are posted in this Civil War 2011 flickr set. More will be added.
This link is the Civil War 2011 slideshow view.
Locomotive on the edge
15/11/11 11:51 Filed in: From the Archive
This 1948 train engine image has been one of the most popular Los Angeles Times From the Archive posts. So hey, it needs an additional shout out.
I knew about this image for a couple months, but there was no print available. Recently I found the original 4 by 5 negative at the Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive at UCLA. After obtaining a scan from UCLA, I immediately posted.
Los Angeles Aqueduct gallery
07/11/11 12:49 Filed in: From the Archive
Just posted this 22 image From the Archive gallery "Building the Los Angeles Aqueduct." The aqueduct allowed Los Angeles to grow from a small city to mega-thing of today.
The photos, all about 100 years old, were a challenge to scan and do the background research. The short story is, the good Times Library archiving did not start until around 1930.
Check out this post for a good history lesson on Los Angeles.