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.
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?
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.