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165/365 - Playing with Matches | by djwtwo
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165/365 - Playing with Matches

(OK, kids, don’t try this at home…)


I originally wanted to try to capture a match in the process of being struck, but even with my wife helping out, I wasn't able to time things well enough to get quite the shot I had imagined, and even the shots that were close weren't really all that interesting.


It struck me that if I set up a series of matches, I stood a chance of catching one mid-ignition. So, I arranged some matches on a piece of masking tape, folded over to hold them steady, clamped that so that it stood up, set up with a macro tube on the lens, lit the match on the end, and took some continuous shots to see if I could get anything that worked. This was the best of four attempts.


Nikon D7000 w/Nikkor 18-200mm @ 200mm w/12mm macro tube, 1/250s @ ƒ/5.6, ISO200. Color corrected and cropped in Aperture.

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Taken on June 13, 2012