Photo of the Day (PotD) – Night in the City

PotD: 2010.10.21

Date Taken: 2010.10.18

Photo Specs: Nikon D3 + 24mm/1.4 lens @ 1.4, 1/200 sec, ISO 1400

Lighting Specs: Ambient only

Why it’s cool & how I got it: My family and I were up in San Francisco this Monday for a mini vacation with our good friend Erin Brummett and her two rugrats Austin and Faith. We’d just had an amazing dinner at Morton’s Steakhouse and were walking back to our hotel Parc 55 when I snapped this shot. I was shooting with Nikon’s AMAZING 24mm/1.4 lens, the sharpest lens I’ve ever used wide open. It defies logic. Typically you’d be shooting this photo at, I dunno, ISO 6400+ to get a 1/200 sec shutter, but shooting at 1.4 opens up a lot of possibilities – and since it’s a wide angle lens you get much more depth of field (aka “forgiveness”) than you would with, say, the 50 or 85mm/1.4.

I like the candid nature of the shot, the silhouettes of my wife, youngest daughter and Austin, the orange lamplight, the shadows, the city in the background. It is dark and mysterious, yet touching and lighthearted at the same time. Thanks for reading!

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  • October 22, 2010 - 1:39 am

    Miguel - I really like this shot Chris. I was wondering if you’d ever consider putting up your before and after shots. What I mean is, before it’s been changed in lightroom, just to get an idea of what you’re working with.
    What I really like about this shot is how clean the city looks.
    The rich colors and the contrast and the sparkle coming off Becky’s boots.

  • October 22, 2010 - 7:33 am

    Chris Schmauch - Yeah that’s a good idea Miguel – in this case I only brought the exposure up a tad, nothing else.