Flaming Lime

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    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.

    cheshirepoet, mikaelpettersson, and 36 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. aorr 89 months ago | reply

      Looks great! The only comment I'd make is that your flames don't seem to match the crisp look to your glass. I'm not sure how to change that other than a faster shutter speed maybe? It seems like there's too much blur in the flame. Brilliant looking photograph though!

    2. cheshirepoet 89 months ago | reply

      I like the blur...shows movement :). Great shot, lighting looks great!

    3. goooodrico 89 months ago | reply

      nice comp. and lighting.

    4. ArdailSmith 89 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Dream a Little Dream, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    5. Bally AlGharabally 89 months ago | reply

      woow ....
      love it ...

    6. Inecita 89 months ago | reply

      Beautiful flame.

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Elements of Life, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    7. Smiles Are Free 88 months ago | reply

      What a great photo...come and enter it in one of our challenges!!
      Another Challenge Group!!

      We would love to see more of your pictures!!

    8. Fabio Bertiglia 80 months ago | reply

      Great shot!

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    9. gordjohnson 79 months ago | reply

      Great job well planned,

    10. ♥ Heather ♥ 123 79 months ago | reply

      Very nice......I like the blurr too something intriguing about it.

    11. RєRє 77 months ago | reply

      You are invited to display your image and join our jolly group!
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    12. houseboat eats 66 months ago | reply

      fantastic, I like how well the white of the twist shows up

    13. Marathongman 60 months ago | reply

      really cool shot

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