Thankyou for your comments and help.I do wear full protective gear inside including SCBA.I have worked with the face piece on but if it gets that bad I probably wont get very good exposures.I do also use a uv filter and have several in stock for each of my lenses.I use a automatic camera because I have found it hard to focus with the gloves on and the action inside of a burning building happens faster then I can focus anyway.I guess I need some manual focus practice. haha
Thanks again for the help and unfortunately you see the fruits of my action soon.
You're entirely welcome for the help, althought I don't really feel like I helped that much. After reading your most recent post, I guess you are pretty limited when you have gloves and a mask on. I don't know how well AF works for you on flames and such, but to eliminate one step you could try "zone focusing" in advance. This is best suited to wide-angle lenses, but if you set a small f/stop and focus the lens to the hyperfocal distance in advance and leave it there (turn off the AF), you can have everything from a couple feet from you out to infinity in focus all the time.
I hate to see loss due to fire, but yeah, I for one would like to see the results of your effort.
Victor, Just to let you know all phots I take at a fire are offered to the home/bussiness owner free of charge for what ever they need them for.I hope to be able to covey a sence of what it is like to be inside a burning building fighting a fire as well as helping the firefighters with there training. The auto focus has worked well in the situations I have been in so far.I just haven't gotten the kind of exsposures I am looking for.That with all things will come in time. thanks again.
Just a little update.We had a house hit by lightning Thursday night.I was able to get inside and shoot.All visable fire was knocked down but still hot and smokey.The auto focus worked real well with the smoke and dust that was flying around.The camera work very well in temps of around 450 degree F.(I carry a thermometer strapped to my gear).After getting home I cleaned and inspected the camera and lens with no ill effects found.Hope to have some exposures to look at soon.
Victor, I was on the 3rd floor of this building for about 15 mins.When I wasn't shooting I had the camera tucked inside my gear.I used the camera today and have had no problem with it.I am concerned about the electronics however.I'm working on something that would give the camera more protection.Film should be back soon.Waiting for fire company to release them.
Victor, I just got the pictures back and am a little disapointed.All the shots of the firefighters are over exposed because of the reflective tape on the gear.All the shots used for the investigation turned out great but who wants to look at burned up wood. lol Just sitting and waiting for the next one.
Good evening gentelman, We had another job this past Monday morning.Although I did more firefighting then shooting because of being short handed I was able to get a couple good shots inside,I just need to know how to load them into this section of the site.
Frankie, your right meters aren't perfect.I found a way to cut down the exposure by using just the fill flash part of the unit.I just put the main flash strait up and so the main flash does not hit the subject.It seems to have workedwell as you will see shortly.Thank you for your input on that subject.
Spot metering may be the way to go, but in a fast moving situation such a as fire scene, especially inside the dwelling, it would'nt be the ideal way to meter.
When you have something like reflective material that virtually glows when hit with flash, spot metering really can't compensate for it because the reflective stripes are so close together. If you metered around the stripes, the shot will come out way under exposed because of the "light" generated when a refective material is exposed to a flash.
Unforturnately it's one of those anomolies that we photographers have to face when shooting fires and firefighters.
JXC, I have contacted nikon and several other companys with that question and have gotten no useful answers.All wanted to know why I needed something like that.I have begun to devolop something for that but can't get into it here.( no trade secrets yet).If you have any ideas I would sure like to hear them.
I don't know if it would work, but I know NASA has taken F3's (and hasselblads) and mounted them on their one-man rocket packs (those extra-vehicular thingies- sorry for the lack of terminology). I would imagine that the cases they use would protect the camera from the searing heat of the full sun while in space. Perhaps that may be a route to explore.
Im a Volunteer Fire Fighter for a department in the next town. During our last live burn fire drill, I took along my N70. They started the fire in one room, and I stood near the house and looked through the window. A suggestion maybe that might help you. Try taking them near, or through the windows. Granted its not from the inside, but I got some really nice shots...also considering it was the first time I got to use my new camera. A note on smoke if you use auto focus, the smoke in my pictures turned white and look kind of funny. The auto focus goes kinda nuts when there is a lot of smoke. Maybe I just did something wrong. I still got a lot to learn
Hi everyone, Sorry for just dropping of the edge of the world but I was involved in r&d of a heat resistant bag for my camera.With a little help from my fire company and my mom I was able to devolpe a bag that my camera fits in and works. This bag is made of the same material as the turnout gear that we wear. It has worked well and have tested it to 400 degrees F with no damage to the camera. Brian, I have stayed outside by the windows for some time but have found out that most of the time the interior action is out of the view of the window.Besides being a 22 year veteran of the volunteer fire sevice I still like to get inside were the action is.lol
Thanks again for the comments and suggestions in this matter.