Red Hot

August 16, 2009
Red Hot

1/800sec @ f/5.6
52mm, ISO200, +5ev
Nikon D300, AF-S 18-55mm 3.5-5.6

Fire is such a wonderful subject to take pictures of. It has so much character and is constantly in flux. You can never get two shots of fire the same. It is a very random art. The best you can do is set up the camera with your technical know-how and then just keep shooting. What comes from this could be incredible or it could be terrible.

The way I tried to get this shot was by centre weight metering for the highlights of the fire. This gave me a deep black background that isolated the flames. The dark section in the middle of the shot is simply the wood that hasn’t heated up or set on fire yet. I would have liked to get better focus on the flame that leaps up towards the top right corner. Looking back at the shot it would have been better to close my aperture more.