Nighthawks redux

Nighthawks redux

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I went out tonight to try out some of the ‘scene’ settings on the FZ1000. I was especially intrigued by one setting called “hand-held night shots.”  I’ve always wanted to shoot a photo of our local Baja Fresh restaurant because the setting always reminded me of Hopper’s “Nighthawks” painting.  I wanted to see if I could recreate it in photoshop.

I shot a few handheld shots using the normal settings that I would have used and either everything inside the restaurant was  blown out (too bright) or everything outside was way too dark.  I would normally take 3-5 exposures to compensate for the different lighting conditions and then combine them in photoshop. (called ‘HDR’ or High Dynamic Range) but tonight I decided to try the auto ‘hand-held night shot setting’ on the FZ1000 and see how it works.

Well I was very pleasantly surprised.  The software in the camera actually takes a number of images when the shutter button is pressed and then combines them to compensate for the dark outside and bright inside to give a nicely exposed image.

When I got home, I checked it in photoshop and at 100% it was sharp enough to print at 20×30.  Considering it was shot at ISO 2500 and hand-held, I was a very happy camper.

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