Iso 80; f/4; 1.0s; -1ev; 14.2mm (Canon SX10 on tripod)
I was caught by surprise last night when the RV Park next door came through with their vehicles all lit up to bring us holiday cheer. I grabbed the Canon SX10 and ran out the door… and starting shooting. I chased the vehicles around the park a few times and reset up. Most of the photos came out as interesting light blurs. I couldn’t figure out why the camera seem to take so long to take the picture even when I tried to increase the speed… everything was happening so fast, I didn’t take the time to run through the camera settings. So, I took a page from Ron’s book, and just continued to shoot assuming something would come out of it.
It wasn’t until I downloaded the photos this morning that I realized my mistake… I had left the camera in bracketed mode from when I went out earlier in the day. Of course, I could have corrected that if only I had thought to look. (Note to self: reset camera after each use to be ready for any shot that might come along.)
The vehicles finally stopped briefly in front of me and I got these bracketed shot in… the surprising thing is, I liked the -1ev better than the 0ev shot because we can see the “WooWee” license plate better.
This was processed in Topaz Adjust with the Dramatic effect. Then I brought it back into Aperture and adjusted the Black Point. I retouched the photo removing the drivers head (it annoyed me), parts of a palm tree, and a few other distractions. Last step was to run it through Topaz deJpeg. Oh, and then I dodged the bow and the license plate.