Tuesday Photo Challenge – Fire

Do you have a burning desire?

Welcome to Week 39 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.  First of all, a great, big thank you to all of you wonderful participants who made week 39 the biggest and best week yet!  Clearly, the theme of Cold grabbed each of you in one way or another and tickled some creative instinct to produce such wonderful entries!

Of course, the logical progression in themes after all this cold work would be to opt for hot, but that might just be a little too straightforward for this creative crowd!  So, this week’s challenge is Fire!  Keeping in mind that this doesn’t have to be physical fire, but could be allegorical or cleverly imagined in any of many ways, go out and create something novel.

To kick off your creative processes on this one, here’s something a bit abstract that may just bring forth the fires of creation in a galaxy far away…

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Pyroplasm 3x

This image came from my being somewhat bored around a campfire and wanting to do something a little different in my photography.  I messed around a bit with timing and zoom blur to create this shot and kicked off my first abstract image, which led to many more over the years.

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

This challenge shouild keep you warm, and very much fired up!  If you decide to play with fire, please be careful; take it from a former firefighter, fire is risky!  Oh yes, please have fun!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 1D MkIII using an EF 24-105 f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were at f/16 and 1/3 second with 100 ISO.  A twist of the barrel with a steady hand produced the streaking effect.

Author: jansenphoto

A Fresh Perspective Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment. Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael. My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals. Universal Connections My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation. This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections. Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client. And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!

42 thoughts on “Tuesday Photo Challenge – Fire”

  1. Love this theme, Frank. Thanks for doing these photo challenges, I really appreciate participating in them. And that photo is glorious – very creative. Have a wonderful week, will do my best to join in! Blessings, Debbie 🙂

  2. Oh, could you check to see if my pingback to this post was sent to your spam folder. If so, could let me know but you leave it in the spam folder for the moment. I am trying demonstrate to the Aksimet support people that I am having an issue with spammed pingbacks. Thanks for your help. Marie

      1. I haven’t figured out all the settings on pingbacks and am about ready to ask WordPress’s support folks. Not sure what would send pingbacks to spam unless they have multiple links.

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