Can someone explain to me what's up with these flame reflections? The one in the yellow candle holder is suspicious enough - considering this is a reflection of the neighboring flame, it should be in the side of the holder, not in the middle. But the other one - suspended in the air - is a real puzzle. It looks like reflection (because it is upside down), but reflection in what?!!! Really weird. Like a ghost of a flame. Other than that, this is my very simple "Playing with Light" cliche for Cliche Saturday Scavenger Hunt. The second version - with no weirdness - is in the comments. HCS, everyone!

  • Happy Gram 4y

    Great still life images, interesting reflections.
  • Aurelia 4y

    a ghost reflection, an aura, a real awesome flare, a refraction, upside down, I dunno know! LOL...trippy HCS!
  • Kevin Reilly 4y

    Well okay, I hate teaching on a weekend, but here we go.

    Once upon a time, this old guy Newton came up with a theory that stated "Every Action has an Equal and Opposite Reaction". Okay, that part is easy. You push against a wall, and the wall pushes back. Therefore you don't fall through the wall. And everybody pretty much accepts this as true.

    Then, an even older guy, named Jackofofich Mullesmarium came up with a new theory. He stated that "Every Flame has an Equal and Opposite Reflection". And everybody pretty much accepts that this is true as well. I don't know why it never became as popular as old Issac's theory though. Probably has something to do with the cuts to education we've been seeing over the last several years. And the fact that the theory has absolutely no practical applications.

    So, are we feeling well learned today?

    Love the shots by the way, especially the first one. Jacko would be proud.
  • Irene2005 4y

    Kevin Reilly One thing I know for sure - you are quickly patching up all kinds of holes in my education. And it doesn't cost me a penny! How lucky am I?! :-)
  • Kevin Reilly 4y

    Irene2005 Yup, but wait till you get my bill for showing you around Yosemite.
  • Irene2005 4y

    Kevin Reilly Haha...I knew it is too good to be true!
  • Michael King 4y

    I always wondered about that! I think it is reflecting off of your lens's UV filter?
  • Claire A1980 4y

    These are beautiful! I need to look at this again to see if I can solve the mystery. In the meantime, this is really pretty! HCS!
  • Antonio Romei 4y

  • Carmen Gea 4y

    fantastic shot! love the flame effect and bokeh! I think could be an a cool UV filter effect.... ;)
  • Kevin Dooley 4y

    a peaceful shot
  • pixelmama 4y

    I keep coming back to look at this Irene ... and covering the bottom half so I that I may enjoy the cool colors in the top half ... imagining that it is a cool, refreshing pool of water! It is hard to look at candle flames in this heat ... and how you were able to shoot them in your heart is beyond me (but then I remembered ... you probably have an icy blast of A/C aimed at you)!! Seriously though, LOVE the colors ... the juxtaposition of warm & cool. My brain is too fried to delve into your mystery!! HCS!!

    P.S. That doesn't seem fair ... paying SG for guide services in Yosemite!! How come he didn't charge me? Am I special? Did the bill get lost in the mail? Or did I just throw that bill on the huge pile of unpaid ones?? LOL!! :D
  • Irene2005 4y

    pixelmama I am afraid he is just running a tab in your case, Trina, and you will get a bill eventually. It will be HUGE! May be even ENORMOUS! :-))
  • Photography by Bytegirl 4y

    beautiful light and bokeh, very nice color!

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • Barry Yanowitz 4y

    i just love the colors here. yes that reflection is really interesting. i'm not sure what causes it but Ian Moran 's explanation sounds like a good one.
  • still life in motion 4y

    Yep, just plain freaky! It all reminds me of late seventies, early eighties horror films where the kids gather around the Ouija boards and the surrounding candles start doing all sorts of strange things! The bokehs here are simply amazing, very mesmerizing to view, it is very clever how you have gained this effect. The exposure is just brilliant, to retain such nice foreground detail whilst capturing that beautiful background is so cool. I am afraid if I took this, I am sure it would be all dark and quite gloomy!
  • hiro 4y

    Beautiful colors and light !!
    Great processing, Irene :)
  • choppyRocks…packing and moving! 4y

    trust you to observe that! It would have just gone right through me without noticing anything amiss….now you really got me studying both photos to a mm! I really like that bokeh lights in the background dappling on some fabric…is that a curtain?
  • Irene2005 4y

    choppyRocks…packing and moving! Yep, it is a curtain. This is my sunroom, which has two walls made out of glass, so I have some very symbolic curtains - they don't cover much because they are pretty transparent, but make for a good bokeh and you can still see trees (all this green here)
  • Skylar Mitchell 10mo

    That is amazing that you were able to get that kind of reflection in your photo! I really like the candle holders you have, they are very unique but simple. I've been looking to get some candle holders myself, do you know where I can find some small candle holders like this? www.valeriasdecor.com/default.asp?dept_id=45010
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