The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the wonderful theme of Elemental, which immediately made me think of an image that I shot a number of years ago.
This photo not only attempted to capture fire, but also the forces of creation that lie within that fire. This image is titled Pyroplasm 3x.
Additionally, this image was my first foray into photographing with a twist, literally, as it was my first attempt at using zoom blur. Mastering this technique allowed me to unlock otherwise hidden forms in a series that I titled Kryptomorphaics.
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:
Hope you enjoyed this little diversion and have a wonderful day!
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…
l’Oiseau de Feu
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?
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…
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:
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!
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…
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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
I only wanted Uncle Vernon standing by his own car (a Hudson) on a clear day, I got him and the car. I also got a bit of Aunt Mary’s laundry and Beau Jack, the dog, peeing on the fence, and a row of potted tuberous begonias on the porch and 78 trees and a million pebbles in the driveway and more. It’s a generous medium, photography. - Lee Friedlander