Looking back on my art from the past couple years, it's pretty clear to me that photographing fire is a big passion of mine. I don't really know why. I guess I like the challenging and inspiring lighting and I like the memories that go along with it, but I'm still not sure why I continually gravitate towards photographing fire.
That being said, I don't think I've ever taken a photo like this. It's the same 50mm f/1.8 lens, but with a 1/80 exposure. The fire was bright enough to up the shutter that high (and I didn't have a tripod) so I went for it. Which such a high shutter speed, the fire has a really interesting texture and a very dynamic range of the flame's exposure—from dark orange to white. I processed it with VSCO Film Kodak Portra 400 VC. Thought about cropping it closer to the sparks, but it's off-balance anyway, so I didn't bother. It's not a perfect shot but an interesting capture that I'm definitely going to try again.
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