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Flaming Lime | by Jonathan Haas
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Flaming Lime

This is my first shot for the strobist group. I'm currently in an independent photography study at school, and my theme is off camera lighting. I had seen flaming martini shots around, but none of which I thought were really technically good. Hopefully I was able to merge the technical, compositional, and emotional sides to create a pleasing image.


The burning liquid is 70% Isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol. I tried 91%, but those flames were way too high to get a nice crop. I burned the liquid for about a minute to get 4 shots off, and then blew it out and let it cool to avoid potentially shattering the glass (didn't want to take chances with that).


Strobist Info:

Two Nikon SB-24's cross lighting the glass through two strip diffusers on either side. The flashes were triggered by Cactuses and the exposure was set manually. Black foam core all the way around with glass on the bottom to create the stem reflection. Processed in Adobe Lightroom and dust specs were removed in Adobe Photoshop. Other than levels, saturation, and minor exposure tweeks, this photo has been largely untouched.

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Taken on December 2, 2007