Blazing

Photograph of a Blaze

Blazing Fire

Photographs of fire and flames, like photographs in low-light situations, are difficult to capture. This is down to many factors such as the continuously changing nature of the flame, and the immense heat and light given off by it. The heat makes it difficult to get close, so a long distance lens must be used. Of course that is not ideal, but it is necessary. The bright light makes it difficult to capture images in which the background is also clearly visible. The flickering and changing nature of the flame make it difficult to find a spot to focus on.

In this photograph, using a relatively slow shutter speed, the flames have a blurred, softer appearance. There is a plate at the back because this photograph was taken during a havan, a Hindu tradition in which various things are put into a fire.

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Orange

Orange is one of nature’s brightest and most vibrant colours. Humans associate the colour orange with happiness, creativity and stimulation, and it is easy to see why. The colour orange has many natural sources. The Sun appears orange at particular times of day, many flowers are bright shades of orange, many animals such as tigers have orange coats, and the sand of many deserts appears orange. And how can we forget the Orange fruit? It is the epitome of orange-ness. (By the way, I did some research to quench my own curiosity, and I can confirm that the colour orange was named after the fruit orange, and not the other way around.)

Of the four photographs above, two are of orange flowers, one is of an orange flame, and one is of burning coal that gives off an orange-ish colour. While all of the images possess the colour orange, the exact hue, texture and feel of the orange in each of the images is slightly different.

(Entered in The Daily Post’s Weekly Photography Challenges: “Vibrant“, “Vivid” and “Orange“.)

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Glowing

Picture of Burning Coals

Picture of Burning Coals

For those of you who have watched “The Lord of the Rings” movies (hopefully most of you have), doesn’t this picture remind you of the scenes of the forging and destruction of the One Ring deep within Mount Doom?

Unlike paper and wood, coal does not burst into flames when it is burning. However this does not mean that coal does not produce much energy. For equal masses of coal and paper, coal produces many times more energy, but the release of energy is also much slower. This means that a small amount of coal can be used to produced a large amount of heat over a long period of time – perfect for a barbecue.

(Submitted to The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenges: “Details“, “Abstract“, “Vivid”.)