Fry (or Fried)

Fry or Fried! Both!

The WordPress Daily Prompt is often a source of inspiration and sometimes amusement, which is the case in today’s prompt of Fry.  Of course, the lovable character from Futurama comes to mind immediately, but from there my brain split its paths in two directions:

  • What we use to fry
  • What tastes good fried

The latter options response could very well be: everything!  We all know that things taste better fried 🙂

Visually, two images jumped to the foreground for me:

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Wood’s Energy

and

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Time for a Fair!

Hope you enjoyed this little diversion and have a wonderful day!

Warped Wednesday – pt. 8

Playing with fire

After a rather busy travel week, Warped Wednesday is back! This time, I like to spend a little time playing with fire.

Of course, the first caveat is to never play with fire, don’t try this at home, etc.  Playing with photographing fire is a lot of fun and can produce lots of different results, such as these…

This sequence was done sitting around a campfire and progresses from basic shooting to radical zoom blur and controlled zoom blur.  Experimentation was my guide in these shots and enabled me to find a completely new path in photography.

Have you ever experimented with photographing fire?

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 39

A blazing set of entries!

While the chill may be continuing off an on in New England, I was not surprised that this past week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge Theme of Fire lit up the responses!!  Our weather may be all over the place, but the level of creativity in your entries into this challenge has been steady and very high!  Thanks to all for participating and making this so much fun for me.

I strongly encourage all of you to check out each of the posts, as you’ll be both entertained and educated, while enjoying the lovely creative thoughts that are in the responses!

Here’s another little bit of fire to warm your hearts…

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Chestnuts Roasting

I captured this rather wintry scene with classic tones (actually, they were roasting marshmallows 🙂 ) during our visit to Tower Hill Botanic Gardens in Boylston, Massachusetts this past December.

The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:

  • Candace was first this week with her post in Netdancer’s Musings and Photography; she brought us a very happy occasion that has to do with making wishes.
  • ladyleemanila was not far behind, as she shared a wonderful variety of images inspired by fire in her post (it even included toes…).
  • Charles’ post in his blog charlesewaugh provided us with a truly gorgeous capture of fire!
  • Mini On Tour is a wonderful blog about the travels and travails of a Mini Mayfair; the TPC post with a wonderful photo of a fireplace left me longing for some port!
  •  Leaking Ink is just an amazing blog with great photography and interesting information; this week’s entry touches on Pongal, a Tamil harvest festival.
  • Progressing Into Solitude‘s entry is all about fire and lost control; the images are wonderful!
  • Miriam’s post in The Showers of Blessing puts us in front of the fireplace ready to enjoy the warmth and comfort of a relaxing evening!
  • Stella second entry in the challenge with a post in her blog Giggles & Tales brings us both great architecture and a beautiful capture of the essence of fire.
  • Susan’s blog Musin’ with Susan has lots of great photography, and her entry into this week’s challenge stands out!
  • Judith’s post in her blog, Nature Knows Best, captures some rather imaginative aspects of fire… you should check it out!
  • Emily’s post in her blog, Zombie Flamingoes, brings back memories of cozy fires from the past in a creative set of images.
  • In her post in The New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect Marie brings us an fantastic view of a great window of a cathedral that is highlighted by one of our favorite fires, the Sun!
  • Miriam’s entry in her excellent blog, Out an’ About, brings us a Fiery Ambience in all manner of images ranging from sunset to steam trains!
  • …and Debbie created another wonderful post in ForgivingConnects about her burning desire; you’ll like it!
  • …also, Khürt’s post in Island in the Net has a stunning image that is very appropriate for the theme!

Thanks to each of you for your participating in this week’s challenge.  I’ve enjoyed each and every one of your posts and appreciate the time you have taken in putting them together.  Now to decide on the next challenge!

Afterthought: looking at the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge of Ambience, I think this image fits rather nicely (as do many of yours!!)

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.

Wood’s Energy

Flames licking the wood.

Today’s WordPress Daily Post asks us to focus on Flames.  Of course, fire has been a key contributor to the advancement of civilizations across the ages.  Starting from its early use for protection and heat, usage evolved over time to smelting and creating new substances, such as bronze and iron for tools.

Control of fire is pretty much taken for granted these days, as we turn on our stove and fire shows up for cooking.  Heat is generated in a controlled environment when we need it to feel comfortable or want some warm water.  Our ancestors had to acquire and perfect skills to create and control the flames that sustained them.

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Wood’s Energy

Here we see the flames in their more primal state, licking the gathered wood and heating it until combustible gases are released.  Looking into a fire of this form, we can almost feel a connection to our ancient precursors and imagine them sitting around a fire in much the same way, talking about the details of today’s hunt and the work they put in gathering all the food.

Wishing you a wonderful day!

Where there’s smoke…

The fires of creation

In response to today’s WordPress Daily Post prompt of Smoke, I figured it might be interesting to post an image from a number of years back that speaks of the other aspect that is often mentioned with smoke: Fire!

This was an image that came to me from sitting around a campfire with a bunch of photographers and looking for something more interesting to photograph than the usual fire images…

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Pyroplasm 3x

As I was sitting there, I was trying to visualize how I could make the fire come more alive than in a usual still photograph and capture its essence of dynamic flows and creative power.  With a twist of my zoom lens and a bit longer exposure, I arrived here.

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 1D MkIII camera and EF 24-105mm f4/L lens.  Exposure settings were 1/3 second at f/10 and 400 ISO.

Fierce as the Fires!

Pyroplasm 3x

Pretty regularly, I look at the Daily Post for a prompt, which triggers a response on occasion, such as today’s prompt of Fierce.  There was an immediate image association for this prompt, with one of my early abstract compositions.

Pyroplasm 3x was the result of sitting around a campfire with a camera in hand and letting my mind wander into uncharted territory.  Coupled with a bit of experimentation, the following image took shape…

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Pyroplasm 3x

The 90 degree rotation was done during the edit, as I felt that there was more flow to the image at this angle.

Hope you like it!