It was a crazy day at work today. On top of being a Monday, and month end, we had a number of small crises hit right off the bat. The good news was that today was the first day for a new employee, the replacement for my employee who quit way back on Day 31. So not all bad, just incredibly busy.
Luckily my lovely wife had a fire going when I arrived home. On top of being a nice gesture overall, it’s just what I’ve been needing to return to the Flame theme. I tried a number of different images, though to be honest I was experimenting more than going after a particular pre-visualized image.
The image of the day is one of the last I made, a tight composition of an ember which found itself trapped between some much larger logs.
Two bonus shots today, more for the interesting results of an experiment than anything else. The first is a fairly typical fireplace image, shot at 1/320th, which still isn’t quite fast enough to completely freeze (pun intended) the flames.
I pretty much expected the results of the shot above. I also shot at a much slower shutter speed though, with the intent of capturing smooth flame motion, similar to what I was able to do with the candle flame. What I got instead was this:
While there is some smoothing there, it’s nothing as profound as with the single candle flame. The really interesting thing was that while this shot is at 5 seconds, the effect is nearly identical anywhere from 1 second or so all the way up to 30 seconds. I’m curious what would happen with a really long exposure (I’m thinking several minutes), but without a neutral density filter of some sort I can’t get that slow. It’s something I’ll come back to though, for science’s sake if nothing else 🙂