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Fire started shortly before 3pm Sunday at Car-Tec Automotive in the 2300 block of Blanco Road

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San Antonio – A Father’s Day fire at a near North Side auto repair shop may have been caused by a mirror, one of the shop’s owners says.

The fire at Car-Tec Automotive in the 2300 block of Blanco Road, at the corner of San Francisco, started just before 3 p.m. Sunday.

Gamaliel Flores, who co-owns the business with his brother Bernabe Flores, said the fire damage was concentrated in the back of the shop, where they do a lot of repairs, though there was also heat and smoke damage up in the front.

SAFD: Several cars engulfed in flames in North Side auto repair shop fire

Flores said the blaze damaged his brother’s car and three customer cars — two of which were totaled.

The business had been remodeling, he told KSAT, and had left a “pretty good sized” mirror out back. Flores says a San Antonio Fire Department arson investigator told him that caused the fire.

“It’s like a magnifying glass, is what he was telling me,” he said.

An SAFD spokesman on Tuesday confirmed that the “cause has been linked to several mirrors in the area reflecting sunlight onto a flammable source.”

At least 17 units responded to the fire. Flores said firefighters told him they had already been cruising around when they got the call, so they were there “pretty fast.”

“Other than that, it probably would have engulfed the whole property, you know,” Flores said, praising their response.

Despite the smoky interior of the shop and charred back area, Flores is optimistic that they will get the business back up and running. He’s also vocal in thanking his faith.

“The Bible says that what the enemy intends were bad, God will use it for good. And also, hey, there’s no catastrophes, you know? Nobody got hurt. You know, it’s just materialistic stuff that, you know, of course, it — you know, it hits where it hurts, you know? But it’s OK. You know, we’re going to come back,” he said.

Flores said family has already been working on cleaning the mess, and they’ll see what happens with their insurance.

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FIRE PHOTOGRAPHY

Whether it’s flickering candlelight, dancing campfire flames, or festive sparklers, with the right shooting techniques, settings, and equipment, you can create better photographs.

Fire is an incredibly beautiful subject with many creative possibilities. Not only the fire itself is beautiful, but also the environment, shrouded in the warm glow of the flame. This means that fire is not only an attractive subject, but also an atmospheric light source for portraiture.

However, fire can be difficult to capture properly. Photographers face the problem that the light source appears too bright in the images and the surroundings appear too dim. Such a high contrast makes it so easy to capture the details in the light and dark areas of the composition. However, with the right camera setup and a couple of easy-to-learn skills, anyone can create excellent flame photos.

Knowing how to photograph fire will help you shoot effectively in any season, but will be especially useful for creative work during the New Year holidays. Here we will tell you how to beautifully photograph fire this winter holidays.

1. Stay safe

When shooting around children, it’s best to have another adult nearby to keep an eye on them while you take pictures. Taken on camera

Canon EOS R6 with lens

Canon RF 50mm F1.8 STM at 1/160 sec, f/3.5 and ISO 4000.

Like photography, fire can grab people’s attention for a long time, but fire is not at all harmless. It’s easy to get lost while shooting, but you should always keep safety in mind. It is important not only to avoid injury, but also to keep the flame under control. Have a bucket of water or a fire extinguisher nearby to put out the fire, and use your headlamp to find your way in the dark. In addition, we recommend that you keep an eye on the weather, as strong winds can lead to an uncontrolled spread of fire.

2. Choose the right equipment

When using your camera with a tripod, a flashlight can provide additional lighting and balance a bright fire with your surroundings. A small piece of orange gel will help give the light a tint similar to that of a flame.

The light from a flame is usually quite dim, so if you are using fire as a source of light for nearby objects, it is worth turning to equipment that is effective in low light. The Canon EOS R6, for example, is perfect for you, with an ultra-responsive 20.1MP full-frame sensor specifically designed to effectively capture wide dynamic range scenes and low-light compositions.

A fast prime lens such as the Canon RF 50mm F1.8 STM will also help you achieve the desired result, as prime lenses usually have a wider aperture than zoom models. This allows you to shoot at faster shutter speeds and lower ISOs even in low light, resulting in sharper, less grainy shots.

A tripod, while optional, can be very useful for shooting fires and candles, as it allows you to shoot at slower shutter speeds and create a blur effect for flickering flames.

3. Shooting by candlelight

When exposed to a flame, the rest of the subject in the composition is very dark, making the candle lights look like they are floating in mid-air. Taken on a Canon EOS R6 with a Canon RF 50mm F1.8 STM lens at 1/1250 sec, f/4 and ISO100.

Exposure to the surroundings creates a very different creative effect, with the candles themselves visible and the fire looking overexposed and washed out. Taken on a Canon EOS R6 with a Canon RF 50mm F1.8 STM lens at 1/20 sec, f/4 and ISO100.

Candles can form the basis of an atmospheric image, but they are also quite difficult to photograph because a very bright candle light does not illuminate the surroundings enough. This means that when exposed to a flame, all other elements of the composition will turn out to be almost black, but when exposed to the environment, the fire will turn out to be overexposed. Choose a priority setting depending on the desired result.

It’s usually better to expose for the brighter subject in the frame, since it’s easier to increase shadow detail in post than to remove the highlight effect. In addition, you can adjust the exposure slightly to brighten the dark areas of the frame a little without overexposing them. If your camera has a zebra pattern feature for movies, try activating it – in this mode, the camera marks overexposed areas of the image with a stripe pattern, which allows you to increase the detail in the shadows without blowing out the already bright areas. For photography, the highlight alert in playback mode will help you understand if there are areas of blown out in the image. When shooting in RAW format, you can more freely adjust image settings in editing software such as Canon Digital Photo Professional (DPP).

Set the camera to manual mode (M) to give priority to automatic firing of the built-in flash. This will avoid glare from the soft light of the candle flame. Set the aperture to f/4 and ISO 100, and then adjust your shutter speed between 1/20 and 1/2000 sec to see how the candle flame image gets the desired effect. Alternatively, you can use fill-flash, also known as daylight flash, which is a bright light that complements the illumination of dark areas of the frame, providing the necessary detail to the subject. In the Canon Photo Companion app, you can find an article on taking portraits by candlelight, which describes this shooting technique in a more professional way.

4. Birthday cake with candles

When a person leans towards the candles, the flickering flame will provide a nice warm glow on their face. Taken on a Canon EOS R6 with a Canon RF 50mm F1.8 STM lens at 1/200 sec, f/2 and ISO1600.

Shooting at the maximum aperture on the lens results in a shallow depth of field, requiring extremely precise focus. A camera with eye-detection AF, such as the Canon EOS R6, makes it easy to get the right result, even when shooting people in profile.

There is no better time for photography than a birthday party. When it’s time to blow out the candles, you can create beautiful portraits by using the warm light from a candle flame to illuminate the happy face of the birthday boy or girl. Try setting your camera to manual mode (M) and the following exposure settings: f/1.8 (or wider if you use a faster lens), shutter speed 1/200 sec. and Auto ISO mode. This will allow the camera to automatically adjust the ISO value for perfect exposure.

A fast prime lens such as the Canon RF 50mm F1.8 STM is ideal for this type of portraiture, as the wide aperture allows for portraits even in dark environments. When shooting at a wide aperture, it also delivers smooth bokeh to create a pleasing background blur.

5. Photographing a campfire

Long exposure blurs the movement of the flame and turns any flying sparks into bright streaks of light. Fanning a fire can create bright lighting effects, but be careful and be safe! Taken on camera
Canon EOS R6 with lens
Canon RF 50mm F1.8 STM at 1 sec, f/8 and ISO 100.

Use a tripod and set a shutter speed of one second to capture the trail of sparks from the fire. Be sure to ask all people to remain still while the camera is exposure to avoid blurring the frame. However, you can also do the opposite to create an image with an intentional blur effect (see image above), where people appear as ghosts and sparks turn into flickering light streaks.

Is there anything more attractive than a fire on a cold and dark night? A bright flame can be a spectacular subject for shooting against the background of darkness surrounding it. After sunset, you will have a little time when the ambient light is enough to make the campfire stand out against the twilight, but the environment is still bright enough to capture details, including in the sky. It is this segment that is ideal for shooting a campfire and the entire scene at dusk, since at nightfall the surroundings of the fire will be pitch black in the photographs. Try using manual mode for this shot with a shutter speed of 1/100 sec, f/1.8 (or whatever the maximum for your lens) and Auto ISO. Use exposure compensation to lighten or darken the image, and choose a low angle to capture a campfire against a twilight sky.

6. Taking portraits near a fire

When shooting portraits near a fire, try setting the camera to manual mode (M) and the following exposure settings: aperture f/1.8 (or even wider if you use a faster lens), shutter speed 1/200 sec. and Auto ISO mode to capture blur-free subjects even in low light.

Create portraits near a fire using warm light or silhouettes. Taken on a Canon EOS R6 with a Canon RF 50mm F1.8 STM lens at 1/125 sec, f/1.8 and ISO 25600.

Bonfires create a special atmosphere that can also be transferred to portraits. Campfire gatherings, couples cuddling and children watching the flames all make the perfect subject for a Canon camera. Be sure to fan the fire before shooting, as the size of the flame greatly affects the light level. It happens that the fire does not give enough light, so ask people to get close to the fire (but do not forget about safety) in order to use all the available light from the flame.

7. Shooting sparklers

Set the camera to manual mode (M) to shoot sparklers. Use an aperture of approximately f/3.5–f/5.6, shutter speed 1/125 sec. and Auto ISO mode. You can also apply
exposure compensation for experimenting with the results of shooting.

Taken on camera
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Canon RF 50mm F1.8 STM at 1/200 sec, f/2.5 and ISO 640.

Not only do bright sparklers look great in photographs, but they are also a safer way to learn creative fire photography skills in bad weather or with young children. Sparks fly in all directions at high speed, so they look like streaks of light in the photo, even when shot at a relatively fast shutter speed. If you are already familiar with creating and editing RAW files, this will help you a lot, as you can get more detail in the light and dark areas of the frame in post-processing. You can also choose a slower shutter speed – you will see how the sparks from the sparkler leave light streaks throughout the frame. The choice is yours!

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FIRE Photography

Whether it’s flickering candlelight, a dancing campfire or festive sparklers – Having mastered the necessary shooting techniques, parameters and equipment, you will be able to create the best photos.

Fire is an incredibly beautiful subject with many creative possibilities. Not only the fire itself is beautiful, but also the environment, shrouded in the warm glow of the flame. This means that fire is not only an attractive subject, but also an atmospheric light source for portraiture.

However, fire can be difficult to capture properly. Photographers face the problem that the light source appears too bright in the images and the surroundings appear too dim. Such a high contrast makes it so easy to capture the details in the light and dark areas of the composition. However, with the right camera setup and a couple of easy-to-learn skills, anyone can create excellent flame photos.

Knowing how to photograph fire will help you shoot effectively in any season, but it will be especially useful for creative work during the New Year holidays. Here we will tell you how to beautifully photograph fire this winter holidays.

1. Stay safe

When shooting around children, it’s best to have another adult nearby to keep an eye on them while you take pictures. Taken on camera

Canon EOS R6 with lens

Canon RF 50mm F1.8 STM at 1/160 sec, f/3.5 and ISO 4000.

Like photography, fire can attract people’s attention for a long time, but fire is not at all harmless. It’s easy to get lost while shooting, but you should always keep safety in mind. It is important not only to avoid injury, but also to keep the flame under control. Have a bucket of water or a fire extinguisher nearby to put out the fire, and use your headlamp to find your way in the dark. In addition, we recommend that you keep an eye on the weather, as strong winds can lead to an uncontrolled spread of fire.

2. Choose the right equipment

When using your camera with a tripod, a flashlight can provide additional lighting and balance a bright fire with your surroundings. A small piece of orange gel will help give the light a tint similar to that of a flame.

The light from a flame is usually quite dim, so if you are using fire as a source of light for nearby objects, it is worth turning to equipment that is effective in low light. The Canon EOS R6, for example, is perfect for you, with an ultra-responsive 20.1MP full-frame sensor specifically designed to effectively capture wide dynamic range scenes and low-light compositions.

A fast prime lens such as the Canon RF 50mm F1.8 STM will also help you achieve the desired result, as prime lenses usually have a wider aperture than zoom models. This allows you to shoot at faster shutter speeds and lower ISOs even in low light, resulting in sharper, less grainy shots.

A tripod, while optional, can be very useful for shooting fires and candles, as it allows you to shoot at slower shutter speeds and create a blur effect for flickering flames.

3. Shooting by candlelight

When exposed to a flame, the rest of the subject in the composition is very dark, making the candle lights look like they are floating in mid-air. Taken on a Canon EOS R6 with a Canon RF 50mm F1.8 STM lens at 1/1250 sec, f/4 and ISO100.

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It’s usually better to expose for the brighter subject in the frame, since it’s easier to increase shadow detail in post than to remove the highlight effect. In addition, you can adjust the exposure slightly to brighten the dark areas of the frame a little without overexposing them. If your camera has a zebra pattern feature for movies, try activating it – in this mode, the camera marks overexposed areas of the image with a stripe pattern, which allows you to increase the detail in the shadows without blowing out the already bright areas. For photography, the highlight alert in playback mode will help you understand if there are areas of blown out in the image. When shooting in RAW format, you can more freely adjust image settings in editing software such as Canon Digital Photo Professional (DPP).

Set the camera to manual mode (M) to give priority to automatic firing of the built-in flash. This will avoid glare from the soft light of the candle flame. Set the aperture to f/4 and ISO 100, and then adjust your shutter speed between 1/20 and 1/2000 sec to see how the candle flame image gets the desired effect. Alternatively, you can use fill-flash, also known as daylight flash, which is a bright light that complements the illumination of dark areas of the frame, providing the necessary detail to the subject. In the Canon Photo Companion app, you can find an article on taking portraits by candlelight, which describes this shooting technique in a more professional way.

4. Birthday cake with candles

When a person leans towards the candles, the flickering flame will provide a nice warm glow on their face. Taken on a Canon EOS R6 with a Canon RF 50mm F1.8 STM lens at 1/200 sec, f/2 and ISO1600.

Shooting at the maximum aperture on the lens results in a shallow depth of field, requiring extremely precise focus. A camera with eye-detection AF, such as the Canon EOS R6, makes it easy to get the right result, even when shooting people in profile.

There is no better time for photography than a birthday party. When it’s time to blow out the candles, you can create beautiful portraits by using the warm light from a candle flame to illuminate the happy face of the birthday boy or girl. Try setting your camera to manual mode (M) and the following exposure settings: f/1. 8 (or wider if you use a faster lens), shutter speed 1/200 sec. and Auto ISO mode. This will allow the camera to automatically adjust the ISO value for perfect exposure.

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5. Photographing a campfire

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  • Lenses RF

    RF 35mm F1.8 MACRO IS STM

    Fast 35mm macro lens with f/1.8 aperture, wide-angle perspective, close focusing distance and Hybrid IS.

  • Lenses RF

    RF 85mm F2 MACRO IS STM

    The RF 85mm F2 MACRO IS STM offers close-range versatility with slight telephoto perspective compression and 5-stop image stabilization in a compact, lightweight body e.