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Old Dec 4, 2009, 6:01 PM   #1
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Well its that time of year and I lit my first real log fire of the year and well my camera was handy and I've always had a fascination with fire so I thought why not take some pictures of the flames.

Used my Pentax-A 50mm F1.4

OK this first one dont know about you but I see a Phoenix in there!!!!! Magic is REAL!!!!



then jsut some random firey pics





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Old Dec 4, 2009, 7:21 PM   #2
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Very nice! Makes me want to go home and start a fire in the fireplace! I love gazing into a fire, but it's been several years since we've bothered. I love the first one.
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Old Dec 4, 2009, 7:39 PM   #3
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John, I really like the close up of the fire. I adjusted the WB on image #1 (hope you don't mind): it seems to "warm" the fire up.
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Old Dec 4, 2009, 7:53 PM   #4
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no dont mind at all - i think i need to get a colour calibration device for my monitor ( does anyone know if you can hire these things in the uk? i resent paying 60-100 for something that i will use probably only once) - i dont entirely trust that what i'm seeing is right as such i was playing with the white balance slider and it was hard to descide where to let it settle in the end - but i think maybe your right that it is needing to be a touch warmer - ah well still got the original raw's nice and easy adjustment for me to do over the weekend
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Old Dec 4, 2009, 9:00 PM   #5
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You don't use the calibrator just once - over time monitors shift color so you have to check it every so often, so you keep using the investment. I ended up buying the Spyder and it's done quite well with my laptop's monitor - the Huey I had originally couldn't deal with them at all well. As far as I'm concerned, it's money well spent.
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Good shots but it's too hot down here already.

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Yep, JP. I see the phoenix in the first one, and in the second to last pic I see what could be a lizard head with a fiery eye looking at you. very nice pix, you know you may have started something now... Hmmm, make a good monthly challenge.
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Turned out very well. I tried taking some shots a year ago during our ice storm. Not sure whether it was that I was frozen from days of no heat, or my abilities (probably), but mine were horrible.

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Fire is really challenging to shoot. The times I have done it, there were two things that gave me real problems--the autofocus having difficult finding a good locking point and dramatic differences in points of intensity, leading either to extremely dark areas or blow areas. You've handled both very well in numbers 1 and 4.

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