Restaurant at midnight

© Samuel S. Chuma

Restaurant at midnight

Uploaded: August 13, 2005


1/30 second at f/9, manual exposure, ETTL flash at -1 2/3EV. ISO 3200, EOS 16-35mm at 16mm, San Francisco North Beach, August 13, 2005 midnight.

This is one of those photographs where you wish you were a foot taller...I could have shown more information on inside of the restaurant. Wanted to show a contrast between the warmth of the restaurant inside with warm lights versus somewhat eerie look of the flowers outside the window lit up with flash.
This image took a lot of thinking before it was taken. Unfortunately, I was not carrying a cable for my flash unit, so the flash had to be attached to the camera body. The problem was that the flowers were at the bottom half of the photograph. I flipped the camera upside down so that the flash would be below the camera. I then had to hand hold the camera as it could not be mounted on a monopod. I still needed a good depth of focus, too, to show the interior of the restaurant. I had to change the ISO to 3200, the max value on EOS


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