Day 304 (30 Oct 2012) Powerless

Hurricane Sandy knocked out power to most of the state, including my home.  But having prepared, I had propane for my fireplace (not as fun as a real one, but much more convenient).  I thought it might be fun to play around with shooting it, including changing the focal length (zoom) while the shutter was open.  The first is my fav of the group because it looks like the grate is in the fire in part 🙂

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Day 258 (15 Sep 2012) Fire Dancers

Last night I went to the wedding of a very good and close friend.  After the reception ended at 11:30 pm, a friend and I headed to Downtown Providence, RI to see Waterfire. But due to the late hour, most of the fires were out 😦  But we just hung out a little and stumbled upon a group of people who were playing/performing some ‘fire dancing.’  They had torch-like objects on the ends of two chains which they twirled around. It was pretty cool.  I used the opportunity to set up my tripod and take some images of their art.  I was able to meet and talk with one of them when I showed her the photos I took of her friend, then she wanted me to shoot her doing it.  It was pretty cool to see them and meet them.  She was very appreciative of the fact that she can now get photos of her doing it.

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18 mm, 1 sec, f/4.5, ISO 100 (Ring of Fire)

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18 mm, 8 sec, f/4.5, ISO 100 (Fire Dancer)

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18 mm, 1 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 (Flaming Dance)

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18 mm, 30 sec, f/14, ISO 100 (WaterFire Basin, After)

Day 109 (18 April 2012) Shooting a Smoking Punk

Now before you start to wonder if I’m posting this from jail or hate punk music or people who smoke, I’ll let you know that a punk, in the way I’m using it, is a long stick covered in compressed sawdust. It’s used to light off fireworks. Check out the Wikipedia article on it; it’s a very short read.

A friend of mine saw my earlier post where I shot smoke from a candle and suggested this, as it will produce a steady stream os smoke for a long time, verses the few minutes. The trick to getting the most smoke is to rub a light coating of cooking oil over the surface. It works 🙂 Just do it outdoors, ’cause it does stink a little (my windows were open to help dissipate the odor!).

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60 mm, 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (Smoking Punk)

I used my speedlight, hand-held to the left, triggered by the on-camera flash. Boosted the blue wall using split-toning.

Day 76 (16 March 2012) This Little Light Of Mine

Fire.  I love it.  Am I a pyro?  Maybe?  I do enjoy starting fires (not arson, think campfires & bonfires), burning things, watching flames, experimenting with burning different materials to see what color they burned.  Maybe this is what pushed me into joining the local volunteer fire company (had to quit due to change in job 😦  ).  The live burn training was amazing!  Until you’ve been in a 600°F room watching the smoke ignite because of the intense heat, you’ve not lived! LOL

So, anyway, back to my photos.  I shot a medium-sized candle, some of the shots with a 10x macro filter.  Hope you enjoy!

Candle Glow

50 mm, 1/25 sec, f/2.5, ISO 800, EF 50mm 1.8 (Candle Glow)

Glowing Ember

55 mm, 1/60 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens w/ 10x macro lens (Glowing Ember)

Melting Wax

55 mm, 1/30 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens w/ macro lens (Melting Wax)