It doesn't get cold in South Florida very often, but when it does it's the perfect opportunity to burn a few logs in the fire pit while siting outside talking and watching the stars. As the flames grew taller and the logs got hotter with a nice orange glow, I thought this was a great opportunity to grab my camera and telephoto lens for some cold weather shooting.
The flames in the pit were mesmerizing. Constantly changing shape as the flames reached for the sky with popping sounds of embers exploding from extreme heat. I found shooting the flames and glowing embers to be very challenging because of the rapid light fluctuations. I quickly learned that this was going to be high speed continuous shooting with manual settings and a high ISO. This was what I consider a high failure rate shoot. For every area of fire that I thought would be interesting to shoot, I set my ISO, shutter speed, aperture, and focus as best as possible and just held my finger down on the shutter button. My camera fired like a machine gun. For every twenty five shots, I got one image that was worth reviewing. I was amazed at how quickly the light changed in my viewfinder.
Have you had a similar experience, I'd like to hear about it.
Enjoy and remember,
"Moments in time are lived once. Images of those moments live forever."