Friday, March 02, 2007

Lessons in Digital Photography

By the time I returned to the truck last President's Day, I realized that I had shot over 100 digital pictures of Alder Ridge Lookout in ISO 1600.

In the past, I've taught myself to watch the different exposure settings and to make sure I framed the picture to my liking. This day I forgot to change the ISO back to 100 or 200 after shooting low-light pictures the night before.

I've developed a mental checklist that I run through each time I get the camera out of my daypack. And I've shot several hundred test pictures so I can test the result as I learn to adjust aperture, shutter speed, ISO, etc. Normally, I reset each setting to a default to avoid problems like this one.


This 60-foot Aermotor lookout tower was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1936. Situated at 6,687 feet above sea level, the tower overlooks the South Fork of the American River. A 2004 U.S Forest Service Passport in Time project was planned to restore the cabin for use a rental.

The single-car garage and residence were painted within the past two or three years. To this point, the lookout has not been offered for rent by the Forest Service.

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