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Samuel Hoffman - The Journal Gazette
Dixie Bradley watches her husband Norman take photos in the dining room at Brookside at the University of St. Francis. The former Bass Mansion was decorated for the holidays and open for public tours.

Great Decorations, Low Light

Camera: NIKON D2Hs

Shutter: 1/40 s

Aperture: f/2.8

Exposure Setting: Manual (Pattern Metering)

ISO: 800

Strobe Flash: Did Not Fire

Lens Focal Length: 21 mm

White Balance: Auto

Shooter's Comments: Brookside, or the former Bass Mansion at USF, is a terrific place to shoot if you like history and can deal with low light. Crowds were light, so I ask the Bradleys if I could follow them briefly while they toured the house.

Everything was decorated for the holidays, which added a lot of color. The dining room provided the most light, but even then I had to hand-hold this image at about 1/30th of a second and hope they didn't walk too fast. Luckily, Mr. Bradley stopped to take a photo - and so did I.

- Samuel Hoffman, Photojournalist

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