This image always reminds me of the end of summer. It’s a close up of a flame on a tiki torch that I took years ago near summer’s end. It is fascination to take pictures of flame’s at a slow shutter speed. The wind makes the flame dance and with a shutter speed of 1 second or more creates unique patterns. Who says you can’t see the wind.
I took this a few years ago. I became fascinated with the erotic movement of flames and how you could use the wind to help paint with light. This was one of the best ones in the series and it always makes me think of Summer.
The way I create posts for this blog is to first find an image and then write something about it. It is after all an image blog first and foremost. So I went searching for a suitable image for Martin Luther King. When he was assassinated I was living in Los Angeles and the murder occurred four days before my 23rd birthday. Three months later on June 5th, I went to a hotel in L.A. to stand with thousands of others in shock over the murder of Robert F. Kennedy. So I began to look for images that would represent Dr. King’s day.
Of course I have pictures of flags but I have used those for other holidays and although Dr. King was a true American hero, he was much more than the flag. I have other images of African Americans and although Dr. King was an African American he was also more than that. As I thought about it, I thought this was a great image to celebrate his day. He is like an eternal flame of hope. He reminds us that as long as you have hope and show respect for humanity that your life is worth living. He is a symbol of working together and doing the right thing. Thanks Dr. King for your sacrifice.
Watching fire can be mesmerizing. Subtle changes in wind cause the flame to change shape.In real time it happens quickly but using the camera to slow down the process causes the flame to almost take on the appearance of a liquid.
The wind blows the flame and the flame takes on different shapes. Using ISO and shutter speed to control the exposure, a simple torch flame turns in to an artistic statement. For some reason this shape reminds me of Batman. Can you see it?
A couple of years ago I took some video of a torch flame. I was disappointed, I thought the close up video would yield interesting patterns yet I couldn’t think of what to do with the video. It didn’t captivate me. Then I had an “aha” moment and got the tripod and the still camera and experimented with shutter speeds. I like this one the best and plan to do some more with two flames.This one reminds me of Johnny Flame and the Fantastic Four…FLAME ON!
As a child you learn that the wind is an invisible and powerful force. As you grow, you begin to learn how to see the wind through the movement of objects. When sand blow i your face at the beach it is the wind, when the trees rustle in the forrest it is because of wind. You can see the winds aloft by looking at clouds and ripples in the water cause by summer breezes. Wind is also the friend or enemy of fire firefighters. In this image you can see the wind distorting the top parts of the flame and not impacting the bottom as much. You can purchase a print of this image on my gallery site by clicking here.
Capturing a photographic moment requires light, object and observer, What makes photographing fire so interesting is that the object and light are the same thing. However the flame is in constant change as the fuel is consumed and the flame interacts with wind and other elements. The shapes created are almost a Rorschach test contain hidden images and creating familiar shapes. You can buy a print of this image on my commercial site by clicking here.
Summer is the hottest time of the year but made a whole lot hotter by people. Think of all the things you do in the Summer that involve lighting a flame. Campfires,barbecues, fire pits and Tiki Torches all require a flame. So here is my first flame of Summer…flame on Johnny! You can buy a print of this image at my commercial gallery by clicking here.