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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Playing with Fire 1.1

We had an outdoor fire the other evening.  My youngest son had thrown some pine cones in the fire that are covered with Copper Sulfate, which turns the fire blue.  He wanted me to take some photos, so I got out the camera and took a bunch.  I was experimenting with various shutter speeds and came up with this.  I think this is really interesting.  I believe this is the fastest shutter speed my camera supports. 


Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM lens
Exposure 1/4000 sec @ f1.6
ISO 500
no adjustments


Now, let's slow the shutter down.  I don't know how to explain what I see, but I think this shot gives the feeling of movement. The flames appear to be 'rushing' you can almost hear the fire roar.  In the prior shot, the flames seem 'quiet'.  Note that these shots were taken ~20 seconds apart. 


Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM lens
Exposure 1/20 sec @ f14
ISO 200
no adjustments

About a year ago, I posted these that were shot with a 50-250mm zoom.  I prefer the 50mm shots. 

12 comments:

cieldequimper said...

Your son had a good idea and you did it marvellously. And it brings a little warmth, it's so cold here.

James said...

Great idea. They look really cool. I like the slower shutter speed shots best in both posts.

Clytie said...

Stunning - simply stunning.

Marka said...

Gorgeous! I haven't had the opportunity to photograph a fire lately. Thanks for sharing! Kudos to your son for the idea (and to you for taking such great photos)!

Rebecca said...

I didnt take any photos of it, but we had a similar fire and made s'mores instead.

Rebecca said...

Forgot to say I like that fast shutter speed. I love the curves in the flame that it captures.

Marilla said...

Nice experiments! I like the first one more, there's many interesting patterns in it.

José Ramón said...

Interesting image.
Greetings from creativity and imagination photos of José Ramón

Cezar and Léia said...

Wonderful shots, you are very talented!
Léia

earnest said...

Yeah the second shot is more like my eyes see fire but the first is purely fascinating.

David said...

I like the color and sharpness of the fire at a faster shutter speed. Very cool stuff.

Remus said...

Great colors and effect.
Congratulations.