“A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.”
The following photos were taken with my Nikon D7100 with a Sigma 18-250mm telephoto at or near 250mm.
Shutter Speed: 1/1600 sec.
The ISO was set at 1250 in order to get up a 1/1600 sec shutter speed (At lower ISO, the shutter speed was too slow to effectively freeze the flame. You will see that even 1/1600sec was not quite enough to stop the top of the flame, which is moving fastest). I was zoomed in at 250mm (full telephoto) and f6.3 from a short distance (15 ft) and shooting from a low position with a tripod allowed me to compress (bring closer) and simplify the background tree into a seamless pattern of green bokeh. Exposing for just the flame and not the entire scene requires some experimentation depending on the light (this was day time). The trick is to not overexpose the flame. The magic is in the varying levels of brightness inside the flame itself. Adjusting exposure and boosting clarity enhances the infinite patterns in the flame. This technique can produce some beautiful results. Enjoy the time lapse movie at the end.
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