Chemical Reaction

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    I think it's neat how the red becomes white and black, with an orange gas as a by-product.

    Best viewed large, for match head details. I think, though, that I may have over-cropped this, as I think I prefer the original framing (now viewable in the previous shot in my stream, which was previously private).

    I'm also now touched to see that bihua has been inspired enough by this shot to post a burning match picture of her own. Danke, Anke!

    Ontario Wanderer, ntisocl, BetoW, and 51 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. nathan_saksena 104 months ago | reply

      Out of the world!! Just an awesome work and a beautifully composed pic. Truly artistic!

    2. lindes 104 months ago | reply

      Thanks all.

      Explore, eh? sweet. I've been hoping I'd find an image of mine there someday... Now if I can just see it there for myself, that'd be great. ;-)

    3. radziu 104 months ago | reply

      total respect

    4. shenxy 104 months ago | reply

      beautiful shot! faved.

    5. wwwigz [deleted] 104 months ago | reply

      It took me a moment to figure out what I was seeing!... very interesting, great macro!

      Faved in *GreatPixGallery 10 Faves+ (?)

    6. RandomIsRad 104 months ago | reply

      this is CRAZY!!!

    7. aaron.dsouza 104 months ago | reply

      Very nicely done!!

    8. monkeywobble 104 months ago | reply

      nice, how'd you do it?

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    10. bihua 104 months ago | reply

      fantastic macro

    11. lindes 104 months ago | reply

      monkeywobble: well, here's the setup:

      (1) I used a film-strip clip (like you use for hanging develped negatives in a darkroom -- just something I had that was convenient as a clamp), screwed on (with a 1/4"-20 nut to secure it) to one tripod, to hold the match.

      (2) camera mounted on another tripod, with a macro focusing rail (borrowed from cornicello, actually -- thanks!), to get the camera positioned just so.

      (3) used my 100mm f/2.8 macro USM lens (focused at 1:1 setting (which is I guess really 1:1.6 with the digital crop), and my MT-24EX macro twin-lite flash for lighting of the match.

      (4) kept background elements far enough away to not show up too much

      (5) used a mini-torch to light it, with the remote in my hand ready to snap the picture as soon as it started burning.

      (6) some tweaks in aperture's levels feature, to darken the background even more, and generally boost the contrast a bit.

      I think that pretty well covers it... if there are any questions, do feel free to ask.

    12. ~C o n i P e n d o l a~ 103 months ago | reply

      What a wonderful macro!

    13. Chris_J 95 months ago | reply

      an awesome shot. absolutely stunning

    14. stuffed bear girl 87 months ago | reply

      Beyond words.
      Great work.

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    16. plingman [deleted] 66 months ago | reply

      extremely good shot.

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